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Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 11, 2011, 04:58:41 AM
Falling a bit behind in posting my project updates..

http://www.youtube.com/v/qzXFE-4ARdM

http://www.youtube.com/v/urrK1d1DyUU

http://www.youtube.com/v/oeMHqeXCGfU

http://www.youtube.com/v/rutid_2fK_I
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Artie on April 11, 2011, 10:44:04 AM
I'm in the process of converting my entire movie/tv/anime collection to digital (via Handbrake) so I can watch it via streaming.  I've gone through about 200 discs and I'm about 8% done.... this is going to take a while.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Starman! on April 12, 2011, 04:06:59 PM
RVR II, you sure are busy!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 12, 2011, 04:36:28 PM
RVR II, you sure are busy!
This is an Understatement! :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/fQMvhlk4KgI
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: gbeenie on April 13, 2011, 07:16:36 PM
Finally got the Kinect sensor mounted last week. Now to work on getting those subwoofers repaired...
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2011, 04:35:02 PM
Last 2 brick/stone projects (for now) are complete!

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZQdJ--GlzWE

http://www.youtube.com/v/WigInz47iHU
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on April 16, 2011, 10:20:11 AM
We are trying our damnedest to get our garden underway but it has been cold and raining every weekend for at least a month straight. I've even taken days off from work to try to get started on the garden and it's rained both days. And now, here's another Saturday when it's pouring outside and I'm sitting on my couch looking out the window.

We're going to build either two smaller boxes or one big box to make a raised bed vegetable garden, and then I plan on having a small herb/flower garden besides. At some point I'd love to put in a clothes tree so I can hang my laundry outside, too. Unfortunately none of this can be done in the rain.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on April 17, 2011, 12:41:32 PM
(also, I need to borrow a stud-finder and .

Those never work for me, they constantly activate when I'm around.

 :D

As far as the raised beds go, yes, I am all over the weed block thing. I bought a roll of it and we are laying it out at the bottom of each box (we don't have a big yard so the boxes will only be four feet by four feet). I read something online where it suggests you use hardware cloth to keep little critters from burrowing in underneath of the box and destroying the plants' root system, but I decided to forgo that. Cutting it and making sure it covers the entire bottom of the box was more labor-intensive than I wanted, and when we were digging around in the yard to set up the boxes I didn't see any evidence of burrowing animals and such.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on April 17, 2011, 12:47:42 PM
Yeah when I set up a box for my mom I attached chicken wire that we had and it was easy.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 22, 2011, 04:10:27 PM
Bout to start ripping out a window in the spare bedroom and install a door in its place..
Already had the steps built a couple weeks back and now my friend and I will try to get this project completed before our trip to Mexico next week :o
Video to come.. 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 24, 2011, 01:02:50 PM
Done! 8)
http://www.youtube.com/v/Blyvfl2JO2A

http://www.youtube.com/v/3vtMkxfp2AE
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 12, 2011, 08:01:52 PM
Neat! :o
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Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 12, 2011, 08:12:44 PM
Wow! That's quite a setup.

I just went with Soda Stream (http://www.sodastream.com/).

(http://co2doctor.com/images/edition1.jpg)

Best purchase I've made in the past five years.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2011, 08:14:33 PM
Ah the SodaStream, or as I thought of it growing up: Mum and Dad are too mean to buy us proper pop..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2011, 08:22:58 PM
I looked into that. But the startup was about $140 for that,
Get the hell out! My mother probably has about six of the feckers in cupboards around her house, you'd probably only have to pay shipping. And these would be gen-yoo-ine '70s and '80s originals. One of them may be avocado in colour scheme.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 12, 2011, 08:27:40 PM
Ah the SodaStream, or as I thought of it growing up: Mum and Dad are too mean to buy us proper pop..

Ughh. I feel for you. They sent me a complimentary pack of soda sauces when I first bought it. The majority of them were pretty gross.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 15, 2011, 12:41:03 PM
Went to go look at sheds the other day and decided to custom build one instead..
Settled on a 40' x 12' design (nicknamed, 'Mega-Shed') but I have to get my vacant lot ready for fill dirt to level it out so my friend CJ and I can start building it in the next couple of weeks.. :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/wSyH5ul8tcU

http://www.youtube.com/v/zEZCoSayD08


Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2011, 04:46:11 PM
Project 'Fill Dirt' on my vacant lot is complete! :highfive:

http://www.youtube.com/v/E52kQbZErVU

http://www.youtube.com/v/d9-GK3c80CM
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 22, 2011, 12:26:47 PM
This should be in the RRARRGH thread but relates to my videos above..
Dammit! :grr:
Looks like project 'Mega shed' is on indefinite hold as my friend CJ has decided to go back to Columbia, SC. for work (or so he says)..
Currently, he's been living out of his van due to the loss of his place a couple years back and the plan was that we would build the shed (he would build it and I would be the helper) for free, in return he would get to live in it and pay me power and lot rent (around $300/month) and half of that money would go towards the labor I would owe him for building it, but the wife has not been on board with the idea for the most part and has been causing friction wanting him to leave sooner than later so she could have her space back..
She's completely ignoring the fact of the additional money that would be coming in and the fact that it will increase the overall value of our property just so she can have her space back! Granted it's a bit more difficult now with 2 nieces visiting from Mexico for the next 2 1/2 weeks but this is a win-win situation here and she's screwing everything up! ::)
So as it stands now, I have no idea when or if this project will be completed :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 23, 2011, 02:29:09 PM
i know how that is rvr, though a slightly diff situation, i wish i could build my computer but lack the money :( :P
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2011, 02:43:46 PM
i know how that is rvr, though a slightly diff situation, i wish i could build my computer but lack the money :( :P
Well so far, he hasn't left yet and I told him to give me till this coming week to find out what the city says so it's still a 50/50 chance as of right now :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 25, 2011, 07:58:00 AM
Welp here's the design we've come up with (pending the city dicks approval)..

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/VacantLotShed1.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/VacantLotShed2.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/VacantLotShed3.jpg)

We shall see.. :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Tripe on July 25, 2011, 10:40:52 AM
That's really nice, aside from the door.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 25, 2011, 11:19:09 AM
That's really nice, aside from the door.
Yeah, that's just what the program chose.. It'll be different along with the foundation cause it will be on 4x4's instead of a block foundation..

Aren't you moving to Mexico in like 2 years?
I don't know what I'm doing :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 25, 2011, 11:48:50 AM
That's really nice, aside from the door.
Yeah, that's just what the program chose.. It'll be different along with the foundation cause it will be on 4x4's instead of a block foundation..

Aren't you moving to Mexico in like 2 years?
I don't know what I'm doing :-\

Uh-oh!

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/VacantLotShed3.jpg)

I'm guessing this is the last stop on RVR's underground railroad from Iguala to Rock Hill.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 25, 2011, 11:49:37 AM
That's really nice, aside from the door.
Yeah, that's just what the program chose.. It'll be different along with the foundation cause it will be on 4x4's instead of a block foundation..

Aren't you moving to Mexico in like 2 years?
I don't know what I'm doing :-\

Uh-oh!
Right now, the plan is be here for tax season and a little bit afterwards (like January till June, and then Mexico June - December o perhaps teach English - eventually..
But for right now, June and December trips to Mexico are fine for now ;D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 25, 2011, 11:50:50 AM
That's really nice, aside from the door.
Yeah, that's just what the program chose.. It'll be different along with the foundation cause it will be on 4x4's instead of a block foundation..

Aren't you moving to Mexico in like 2 years?
I don't know what I'm doing :-\

Uh-oh!

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/VacantLotShed3.jpg)

I'm guessing this is the last stop on RVR's underground railroad from Iguala to Rock Hill.
SSHHH!!
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/smiley-theyareontome.gif)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 25, 2011, 11:53:45 AM
So are you ever going to learn Spanish?
Meh.. Maybe :P
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 30, 2011, 04:29:38 AM
Work has begun!

http://www.youtube.com/v/6tyhbWSHrNA

We'll be digging the footing holes today and tomorrow :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: k1 on July 30, 2011, 05:52:18 AM
That friggin' shed is going to be nicer than my house!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Bob on July 30, 2011, 06:36:59 AM
What a great meth lab you are building!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 30, 2011, 07:56:36 AM
What a great meth lab you are building!

Oh my gosh!  Issac was right!

YOU ARE ALL ON DRUGS!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 30, 2011, 05:35:58 PM
The hole project has not gone well..:grr:
Many rocks and tree roots have severely complicated things..
We only got 7 out of 27 holes dug today and if we can't finish tomorrow, we'll need to turn in the auger Monday morning by 9am or we'll be charged another $100+ so I would rather turn it in, recuperate a week and try again next weekend cause I am completely whipped..
We'll see how it goes :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 31, 2011, 06:50:25 PM
We finished all but one holes!! :highfive:

http://www.youtube.com/v/qu_NGGIfcyU

Now for some badly needed R&R! :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2011, 03:26:50 PM
The stump from Hell has been on fire since 10am and we still have a ways to go..
We'll see how it looks in the morning after an all night burn  >:D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 04, 2011, 05:13:01 PM
What a great meth lab you are building!

Oh my gosh!  Issac was right!

YOU ARE ALL ON DRUGS!

Didnt i tell you not to sign up with that newsletter. 
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2011, 05:37:09 PM
Fucking Stump!!  :angry: :angry: :angry:

http://www.youtube.com/v/UAHOAsG1p4A
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 09, 2011, 10:08:17 AM
Passed the footing depth inspection this morning and Just ordered $600 worth of concrete to be delivered in a couple days for the footing pillars to be poured over the weekend..
Home Depot is charging $25 per concrete pallet that you get back when you return the pallets ::)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 10, 2011, 06:24:46 AM
I am ripping all my Doctor Who discs to a 2 TB drive so that when I get my WD player I can just hook up the drive and I will be good to go.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 11, 2011, 11:09:46 AM
Just contreted the 4 corner posts of the 'Mega Shed' project and squared them off from corner to corner and we're only 1/8" inch off on the 40' foot span
That's really awesome! :highfive:
Now on to concreting the rest of the posts..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 13, 2011, 03:36:41 PM
Done with the concrete posts! Finally!! :highfive:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ucxxmEftNns
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: ManUnderMask on August 13, 2011, 04:50:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/ucxxmEftNns

Mega Shed vs. Giant Outhouse?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 13, 2011, 05:16:27 PM
 :D :D
It's gonna be massive!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 19, 2011, 03:48:25 PM
Sub floor of the 'Mega Shed' is nearly complete! Video will be up this weekend 8)
Then I'll have to break away from that project for a bit to go work on redoing my parents windows that were half-assed installed by a crew of dipshits :grr:
They had them replaced to stop water leaks and their new ones weren't installed properly and need to be completely removed, reframed, and reinstalled :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 21, 2011, 04:11:29 PM
Sub floor framing is complete :cheers:

http://www.youtube.com/v/adGqL1nJnYQ
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 03, 2011, 06:31:38 PM
Not much farther along.. :-\

http://www.youtube.com/v/FvyXdOYBmHY
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on September 03, 2011, 06:38:03 PM
Enough of this mega shed nonsense.  How goes the work on Mega weapon?!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 03, 2011, 06:51:39 PM
Enough of this mega shed nonsense.  How goes the work on Mega weapon?!
Um.. No habla Ingles.. 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on September 03, 2011, 08:15:36 PM
Ah, Los Federalis sniffing around.  Got it.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 09, 2011, 06:38:35 AM
I'll have to break away from that project for a bit to go work on redoing my parents windows that were half-assed installed by a crew of dipshits :grr:
They had them replaced to stop water leaks and their new ones weren't installed properly and need to be completely removed, reframed, and reinstalled :-[
Welp as of today, that job is finished! :highfive:

Now back to work on the Mega Shed project..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on September 09, 2011, 08:06:04 AM
You actually sound quite normal and sane in your videos, as opposed to what all those pics of you in the photo riff me thread would leave me to believe!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 09, 2011, 08:10:52 AM
You actually sound quite normal and sane in your videos, as opposed to what all those pics of you in the photo riff me thread would leave me to believe!
Yeah.. Can't explain that 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on September 09, 2011, 09:57:54 AM
Doc probably sounds like an Oxford Don in real life.

 :D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 11, 2011, 06:30:59 PM
Wall Framing is complete! I'm sore as a MUTHA F.....!! :-[

http://www.youtube.com/v/Zi8kAlTcH5E
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 17, 2011, 09:42:52 AM
Taking the day off from project 'Mega Shed' after nearly 10 days of nonstop work..

Only 8 more roof trusses to go and that phase (and video) complete! :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 17, 2011, 09:49:35 AM
Doc probably sounds like an Oxford Don in real life.

As a matter of fact people have compared my speaking voice to that of Orson Welles.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 17, 2011, 09:52:08 AM
Doc probably sounds like an Oxford Don in real life.

As a matter of fact people have compared my speaking voice to that of Orson Welles.
You have a fuzzy beard too? :scared:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Tripe on September 17, 2011, 09:57:14 AM
No but he loves Paul Mason wine and hates frozen peas.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 17, 2011, 11:01:43 AM
No but he loves Paul Mason wine and hates frozen peas.


I also think Miss Pell's Fishsticks are even better raw.

http://www.youtube.com/v/6i7ycxiog40?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 18, 2011, 05:15:38 PM
Roof framing is done :cheers:
http://www.youtube.com/v/g_rF6y-TzA0
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 29, 2011, 06:25:04 PM
After a series of rain delays, the siding is done! :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/KeQj3850Nd0
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on September 29, 2011, 07:35:20 PM
what the heck are you going to do with that big bastard when it's finished?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 29, 2011, 07:35:56 PM
what the heck are you going to do with that big bastard when it's finished?
The ultimate 'Man Cave' 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 04, 2011, 05:57:38 PM
Not too shabby! :o

The Mega Shed project is proceeding slowly but the weather is finally cooperating..
Been working on trim but we'll be starting on the roof tomorrow then back to trim and painting so it's gonna be a week or two before I have another video update :(
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 04, 2011, 05:58:26 PM
I like the reddish color with the white trim. It's very festive.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 04, 2011, 06:34:06 PM
RVR, your wife is going to let you have the megashed as your man-cave? Really?
Eventually, but the real plan is to finish it out (plumbing, electrical, insulation, sheetrock, etc) and rent it. 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on October 04, 2011, 09:00:44 PM
When there is total enlightenment, RVR is Landlord!!!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 04, 2011, 09:06:31 PM
When there is total enlightenment, RVR is Landlord!!!

 :D

Security Deposit: Your Soul
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Bob on October 05, 2011, 04:08:46 AM
Isn't it right next to your house? Won't that be weird?

Unless it is his security staff that moves in.    North ameican strongmen need that. 

Love the new door color
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 05, 2011, 05:17:42 AM
Isn't it right next to your house? Won't that be weird?
Yes. Not really.. 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 09, 2011, 10:20:33 AM
Status update on the 'Mega Shed' project..

http://www.youtube.com/v/15VsHiIDNbM
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 13, 2011, 04:44:49 PM
Roof is Done!! 8) :cheers:

http://www.youtube.com/v/TronWEW8dKk
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Sideswipe on October 13, 2011, 05:09:10 PM
hurry up and finish the damn thing so I can move in already!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 13, 2011, 05:23:23 PM
hurry up and finish the damn thing so I can move in already!
I got 4 weeks to finish this damn thing before I'm off to Mexico again 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: gbeenie on October 14, 2011, 12:26:23 PM
Surround speakers are installed in the new house (more or less). I was going through serious 5.1 withdrawal.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 30, 2011, 08:53:18 PM
Mega Shed exterior is now complete!! 8)


http://www.youtube.com/v/sRrU2BIwN_0
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on October 31, 2011, 06:20:18 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 31, 2011, 06:23:44 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Yep.. I'll be drinkin beer and farting in my ol rocking chair 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on October 31, 2011, 06:25:37 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Yep.. I'll be drinkin beer and farting in my ol rocking chair 8)

You are one classy man, RVR.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 31, 2011, 06:28:29 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Yep.. I'll be drinkin beer and farting in my ol rocking chair 8)

You are one classy man, RVR.
I could've been more polite and said 'breakin wind' .. Would that have been better ? :P
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on October 31, 2011, 06:40:59 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Yep.. I'll be drinkin beer and farting in my ol rocking chair 8)

You are one classy man, RVR.
I could've been more polite and said 'breakin wind' .. Would that have been better ? :P

Fuck gentility.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 31, 2011, 06:45:19 AM
Are you going to sit on the porch?
Yep.. I'll be drinkin beer and farting in my ol rocking chair 8)

You are one classy man, RVR.
I could've been more polite and said 'breakin wind' .. Would that have been better ? :P

Fuck gentility.
:D :D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: shodan on October 31, 2011, 07:37:55 AM
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100506074708/uncyclopedia/images/6/69/Smiley-fart.gif)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: k1 on October 31, 2011, 08:28:33 AM
Who is Jen Tility?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wurwolf on October 31, 2011, 09:35:18 AM
Who is Jen Tility?

Some cunt.

 :D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on October 31, 2011, 09:42:52 AM
OOOOO you said the 'C' wurd :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on November 04, 2011, 02:12:41 PM
Won't be posting anymore videos of the Mega Shed project before I leave for Mexico but I will take some pics of the inside soon as it is being transformed with a kitchen, bathroom, closet, 3 lofts for storage, and other misc stuff :o
I'm wore out from this project and so looking forward to getting away from it! :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on November 06, 2011, 03:22:36 PM
Ditch digging is pretty much done! :highfive:
Plumbing line to the street is connected and buried and just have the electrical line to connect and finish burying at each panel box.
Tired and sore!  :-[

...

Did I mention I Can't Wait to go south to Mexico ;D
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Post by: RVR II on November 07, 2011, 03:09:21 PM
Been busting up my driveway concrete all friggin day :grr:

Running a water line, as well as a cable and internet line to the Mega Shed but in order to get it there it has to cross my driveway. :(
First I had to cut a 3 inch wide strip with my worm-drive saw using a 7" diamond cutting blade and then bust that out  with a sledge hammer and a demolition hammer..
Still have another 3 feet to go  :-[

Friggin Sore!!
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Post by: RVR II on November 08, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
Finished busting out the concrete, gravel for the Mega Shed driveway delivered at 10am and been shoveling (spreading) it around all day..
Going to get insulation and possibly sheetrock tomorrow morning then proly be back spreading more gravel :-[
Come On Sunday!! :o
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Post by: RVR II on November 10, 2011, 05:08:47 AM
Yesterday was a huge supply day!
26 rolls of insulation, 46 sheets of sheetrock, and a bunch of other misc supplies..
Today is shipping one last box to Mexico then installing the insulation and start hanging sheetrock on the ceiling and hope to finish that by Friday so I can finish packing and shutting down our business so we can head on down to Mexico on Sunday 8)
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Post by: RVR II on November 10, 2011, 02:49:30 PM
Friggin insulation and sheetrock t'day and t'marraw boys!
I Hate insulation and sheetrock Fer Frig's Sake! :angry:
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Post by: Bob on November 10, 2011, 04:01:07 PM
Man, wish I was there so I could help.


* no I don't *
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Post by: RVR II on November 10, 2011, 04:30:16 PM
Man, wish I was there so I could help.


* no I don't *
It's the thought that counts..

Like I'll think of you when I'm getting drunk in Mexico! HIOOH!!  :cheers:
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Post by: shodan on November 12, 2011, 06:50:11 PM
after a day of raking, mowing, and fun with power tools, the lawn is clear of leaves and the BMW is up and running. lets hope it lasts til mid december.
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 07:32:40 AM
Next project:

2 retaining walls and a stone patio extension.
Put my dirty Dodge to work this morning..

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/IMG_8262.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/IMG_8263.jpg)

If I had some truck nuts' they'd have gotten some serious road-rash! :o

Updates and video to come..  8)
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Post by: stansimpson on March 31, 2012, 08:42:30 AM
My projector is coming in next week. I'm going to mount it upside down (believe me, it's the only way) from a shelf I need to install. I'd post a pic, but it's just a blank wall, a piece of wood, and a couple corbels right now. This might be my first true handy project in my life! Not including the dozen or so bookcases and entertainment centers I've built.
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Post by: ScottotD on March 31, 2012, 08:56:05 AM
Therapy
Gym + Diet

Those are my two main ones
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Post by: Nunyerbiz on March 31, 2012, 09:50:23 AM
I am building a model rocket with my son out of some old wrapping paper tubes and balsa wood. He has already christened it SpongeBob Rocketpants and has decreed that it will be painted yellow. I'll post some pics of the finished product when it's done and possibly some from the aftermath and injuries caused by it's maiden only flight... My handyman projects make Homer Simpson look like Bob Vila, so this will likely not end well.
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 09:56:35 AM
One of my friends made a model rocket out of a tampon when we were younger. It worked pretty well actually.
So you're saying it Literally had wings ???
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 10:09:30 AM
One of my friends made a model rocket out of a tampon when we were younger. It worked pretty well actually.
So you're saying it Literally had wings ???

...do you know anything about either female hygiene products or rockets?
You obviously missed the joke..
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Post by: Nunyerbiz on March 31, 2012, 10:14:12 AM
it's decided... our annual rocket build for 2013 will include tampons.
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 10:55:33 AM
One of my friends made a model rocket out of a tampon when we were younger. It worked pretty well actually.
So you're saying it Literally had wings ???

...do you know anything about either female hygiene products or rockets?
You obviously missed the joke..

If the joke was how stupid the joke was, I got it.
yeah you missed. I would say google tampon wings but..
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Post by: anais.jude on March 31, 2012, 11:06:01 AM
I think Im means that tampons don't normally come with wings.

A Quick google search showed me one brand. It is traditionally the pad that will come with wings. Because wearing a pad whilst being on your period is like sitting in your own menstrual blood for several hours at a time...not sure how wings eliminate the evolutionary piece of crap joke that is female reproduction, but there ya go.

This has been Anais, the forum's foremost advocate for making tampons more available in Mexico
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 11:34:41 AM
I think Im means that tampons don't normally come with wings.

Ah.. Clarity of explanation works wonders Thanks Anais! ;D

And THAT was the joke Im
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 11:43:01 AM
I think Im means that tampons don't normally come with wings.

DINGDINGDING!

Also, rockets do not have wings.
Then WTF do you call the wings on the tail section ???
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 11:55:12 AM
Stabilizer fins. Wings provide lift, and that's not the purpose of the fins, which lack the airfoil shape.

So, that's why I asked if you knew anything about either. ;)
Well MAYBE if you had stated the first sentence instead of the second, I would have understood Why you didn't get the joke and this might have been a more pleasant discussion ::)

I have heard them called Both tail wings and fins on rockets though that statement makes more sense.
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 12:01:10 PM
Because wearing a pad whilst being on your period is like sitting in your own menstrual blood for several hours at a time...not sure how wings eliminate the evolutionary piece of crap joke that is female reporduction, but there ya go.
It doesn't, it just eliminates the potential added hilarity of the thing slipping out of its place on the gusset and spreading that output around more.



Technically wings merely allow a body to navigate the four forces of flight, not just provide lift (lift being one of those forces, the other three being drag, weight and thrust) so the structures on a rocket are wings as well. However tampons don't generally come with wings (and how do the one brand that have them use the fuckers?) so a tampon rocket wouldn't be providing the wing generally and a sanitary pad rocket would likely provide far to high a drag force to be effective.
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 12:23:25 PM
But your joke presumed two things that were completely incorrect, one of which at least 50% of people already know.
Well you don't want to read through the facts to find the humor, that's your prerogative..
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 12:30:23 PM
so the structures on a rocket are wings as well.

What's your source on this?
The many hours of aeronautics lessons I've taught for the British Government, well narrated, I suppose they're magnified in hours taught based on how many of the new intake are given them and in how many tutorial groups those cohorts are divided.
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 12:31:10 PM
But your joke presumed two things that were completely incorrect, one of which at least 50% of people already know.
Well you don't want to read through the facts to find the humor, that's your prerogative..

That'd be like me saying, in response to "My friend made a tampon out of a rocket,"

"So it's literally a hairpiece, then, huh?"

In order for a joke to work, it has to have some connection to actual reality, not just your misunderstanding of reality.  If I thought that was funny, I'd find Dave Barry hilarious.
::) ok then..

It's pretty obvious my idea of humor is much different than yours so I'm sure we'll be having more dissection discussions in the future.. Or you might as well go ahead and add me to your blocked list if they bother you that much. :)
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 12:37:58 PM
But your joke presumed two things that were completely incorrect, one of which at least 50% of people already know.
Well you don't want to read through the facts to find the humor, that's your prerogative..

That'd be like me saying, in response to "My friend made a tampon out of a rocket,"

"So it's literally a hairpiece, then, huh?"

In order for a joke to work, it has to have some connection to actual reality, not just your misunderstanding of reality.  If I thought that was funny, I'd find Dave Barry hilarious.
::) ok then..

It's pretty obvious my idea of humor is much different than yours so I'm sure we'll be having more dissection discussions in the future.. Or you might as well go ahead and add me to your blocked list if they bother you that much. :)

They just aren't funny. Vague word associations that fall apart the instant you think about them might work for drive-time DJs, but so do fart noises and crazy horns.  I guess you and the Zoo Krew can yuk it up.
No clue who/what the zoo crew is but WTF ever ::)

Just ignore my many posts then by not responding if that'll make you feel better..
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 12:40:28 PM
so the structures on a rocket are wings as well.

What's your source on this?
The many hours of aeronautics lessons I've taught for the British Government, well narrated, I suppose they're magnified in hours taught based on how many of the new intake are given them and in how many tutorial groups those cohorts are divided.

Everything I'm finding says that a wing, when you're talking about aircraft, is a surface that provides lift. Everything. Any other definition of 'wing' is a metaphorical one derived from the flight definition, so can be safely discounted.  I'd just like to see where you're getting this from outside of a personal anecdote.
Er, I thought my reference there was fairly clear, it's from the definition used by a department of the British Government that I can't, due to stupid things like Official Secrets, actually type the name of.

Needless to say though, the people who are given this definition do require an understanding of the mechanics of flight, it's sort of ital to the job they do. :)

Lift is only one of the four forces of flight.

But here's Uncle Wiki:

Quote
A wing is an appendage with a surface that produces lift for flight or propulsion through the atmosphere, or through another gaseous or liquid fluid.

Lift is absolutely the first thing a wing does, however, that's not the only function of a wing nor is everything that provides lift a wing.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 12:41:58 PM
Just like coconuts! LOL!
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
:D :D
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 12:49:49 PM
They decrease drag, and thereby aid thrust, both of which are ways in which a wing provides propulsion.

Anything that as an aerofoil conforms to Bernoulli's principal is to an extent a wing, a simple wing, but a wing all the same.

I'm not saying the Joke was terribly good, actually I don't care about it at all since the lack of wings on a tampon was really the critical flaw in in, I'm just saying wings don't just produce lift. :)
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 01:01:54 PM
Actually, what I'm most interested in is how winged tampons work, everything I've looked up seems to be pages and pages of people saying "How the hell do these work?"
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Post by: anais.jude on March 31, 2012, 01:05:47 PM
Actually, what I'm most interested in is how winged tampons work, everything I've looked up seems to be pages and pages of people saying "How the hell do these work?"

I wanna know what they are and what they do....and if I can purchase them in Mexico!


Anais: making Mexico safe for women to mensturate. *swoosh*
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 01:09:21 PM
But it's like, I understand what the tabs on pads are for, I rather assumed that things sticking out is the last design feature one would want for a tampon.
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Post by: wurwolf on March 31, 2012, 01:13:44 PM
For the record, RVR, I understood what you were going for in your joke but I felt it fell flat because tampons generally don't have wings, nor do rockets (at least not wings in the way I think of them, the kind that are on airplanes). You were probably thinking of pads, which can have wings, and I found it funny you were accusing Im of not having the facts when really it was you who did not have his facts straight. It wasn't that I didn't get your joke, it's just that it was more nonsensical than anything else. I think that's what Im was saying, except you were just insisting that he didn't get your joke.

But it's like, I understand what the tabs on pads are for, I rather assumed that things sticking out is the last design feature one would want for a tampon.

Exactly. The last thing I want in a tampon is stuff sticking out on the sides. Dildos, maybe.  ;)
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 01:14:17 PM
Actually, what I'm most interested in is how winged tampons work, everything I've looked up seems to be pages and pages of people saying "How the hell do these work?"

I wanna know what they are and what they do....and if I can purchase them in Mexico!


Anais: making Mexico safe for women to mensturate. *swoosh*
I keep associating these wings with Red Bull now.. Thanks Anais! :D :D
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Post by: wurwolf on March 31, 2012, 01:20:21 PM
Maybe they're "wings" like...I dunno. A banana peel? To stop it from going in too much? Of course, then you'd have a little girl-boner of the "handle" sticking out in your undies, which would probably be unattractive and uncomfortable.

Christ I'm glad I'm a guy.

Well, it's not as though it can go in too much. A woman's cervix prevents that from happening. The only useful feature of "wings" that I can think of is maybe more like a skirt sort of thing at the bottom of the tampon, to provide more of a barrier so that leakage doesn't occur.

Periods are just absolutely the worst. Just hell on earth, even mild periods. And Republicans want to make them even more hellish by taking away birth control pills? Fuck that noise, right in their fucking asses.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 01:23:12 PM
The only useful feature of "wings" that I can think of is maybe more like a skirt sort of thing at the bottom of the tampon, to provide more of a barrier so that leakage doesn't occur.

I think that's the idea, only it's more like a little rain cape:

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/EElTfD1WCX8
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 01:25:53 PM
What the Hell has this thread digressed into ??? :speechless:
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 01:27:04 PM
I had a personal project to understand of winged tampons worked, I think I'm satisfied I know the mechanics now, though really, the drips are pretty wide of the mark in that ad.  :)
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Post by: anais.jude on March 31, 2012, 01:27:33 PM
Periods are just absolutely the worst. Just hell on earth, even mild periods. And Republicans want to make them even more hellish by taking away birth control pills? Fuck that noise, right in their fucking asses.

Quoted for so much truth, I need a shower. Being a woman is so unclean
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Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2012, 01:30:30 PM
And don't sit on the nice furniture.
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Post by: wurwolf on March 31, 2012, 01:31:08 PM
So! Projects!
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 01:31:25 PM
Periods are just absolutely the worst. Just hell on earth, even mild periods. And Republicans want to make them even more hellish by taking away birth control pills? Fuck that noise, right in their fucking asses.

Quoted for so much truth, I need a shower. Being a woman is so unclean
WWOOO Shower Time! :P

So! Projects!
Oh yeah :o
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Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2012, 01:35:54 PM
So I'm delayed a day on my Retaining wall and stone patio project due to my brick mason's mother being sick and is wiring money to Mexico for her medicine..
We'll start Sunday but I don't see it getting completed all in 1 day :-\
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Post by: Nunyerbiz on March 31, 2012, 06:54:43 PM
Last time I tell you fucks about the rocket I'm building....
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Post by: k1 on April 01, 2012, 05:45:50 AM
So! Projects!

Bought a corner bench & table set yesterday. Started putting it together. Sadly the instructions were... well... less than helpful as it didn't identify which screws were which. (Use screw "D" in holes on piece 21? Which of the 5 different types of screws are D? Also, why does everything say "kitchen taple"?)  There's a crap ton of extra dowels that are too large to fit anywhere, some other random hardware that doesn't appear to belong to this either.  And to top it off the one screw type we were able to identify because it's the only one that could possibly fit without going straight through the table top is missing 3 screws.

tl;dr translation "I'm bad at projects".
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Post by: RVR II on April 01, 2012, 05:55:09 AM
Sounds like our gazebo we put up last year :D :D

My back is killing me from loading/unloading brick and concrete supplies yesterday but I've already been out prepping and getting tools needed to start these projects as I now PATIENTLY wait for my brick mason to show up.. :-X
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Post by: Bob on April 01, 2012, 09:09:42 AM
So! Projects!

Bought a corner bench & table set yesterday. Started putting it together. Sadly the instructions were... well... less than helpful as it didn't identify which screws were which. (Use screw "D" in holes on piece 21? Which of the 5 different types of screws are D? Also, why does everything say "kitchen taple"?)  There's a crap ton of extra dowels that are too large to fit anywhere, some other random hardware that doesn't appear to belong to this either.  And to top it off the one screw type we were able to identify because it's the only one that could possibly fit without going straight through the table top is missing 3 screws.

tl;dr translation "I'm bad at projects".

And I'm so good at putting things together, you should have flown me up.....
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 03, 2012, 05:59:47 AM
Just picked up 8 more 80lbs bags of concrete mix to finish up the stone patio as I think we're running a but low.. :-\
So the work continues..
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Post by: RVR II on April 03, 2012, 08:18:18 AM
..And my help is a no-show  :grr:

Tomorrow at 9am he says.. ::)
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Post by: wurwolf on April 03, 2012, 08:21:22 AM
You need to find more reliable workers.
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Post by: RVR II on April 03, 2012, 08:26:39 AM
You need to find more reliable workers.
Agreed! Most have gone back to Mexico and he's really one of the better quality stone masons still sticking around ..
He'll be heading back there soon from what I hear so it's turning into a race against time to get these projects done :-\
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Post by: RVR II on April 05, 2012, 07:56:13 AM
Part 1 is complete..

http://www.youtube.com/v/QeKYtAQOfis
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Post by: Bob on April 05, 2012, 05:57:36 PM
Damn.....LOTS of work
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Post by: goflyblind on April 05, 2012, 06:00:58 PM
any time i see someone operating power tools while wearing flip-flops, i get a little nervous.
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Post by: Bob on April 05, 2012, 06:02:32 PM
any time i see someone operating power tools while wearing flip-flops, i get a little nervous.

Maybe a ghost contains his body.....
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Post by: goflyblind on April 05, 2012, 06:05:53 PM
he's shakin' hands toes with danger.
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Post by: k1 on April 05, 2012, 07:10:25 PM
I might try to clean out part of our garage tomorrow. Aw who am I kidding... I probably won't to anything productive. I will be so excited about the possibility of having the house to myself that I probably will do absolutely nothing.
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Post by: RVR II on April 05, 2012, 07:42:51 PM
he's shakin' hands toes with danger.
BOW-BADOW BOW BOWWWwww... 8)
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Post by: stansimpson on April 05, 2012, 09:19:53 PM
I've had my (first!) projector for a couple days but wanted to reward myself with setting it up when I finally cleaned up my room. Well... tonight was the night!

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/SSPX0022.jpg)

I haven't mounted it yet. For now, I have it on a lower-tiered coffee table which is what you're seeing there. It's not keystoned yet, but the color is dead-on.  Cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Not to mention a new job where my English degree is useful AND I get to wear jeans. What a great week.
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Post by: RVR II on April 05, 2012, 09:48:24 PM
SHWEEET!! :o
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Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 05, 2012, 10:03:40 PM
I've had my (first!) projector for a couple days but wanted to reward myself with setting it up when I finally cleaned up my room. Well... tonight was the night!

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/SSPX0022.jpg)

Wish the photo was clearer so I could tell how many porn tabs you have open there.
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Post by: stansimpson on April 05, 2012, 10:07:49 PM
Soooooo... I just found five dead pixels on the thing. Uggggghhh. I have never returned anything to Amazon, and I had a feeling I would for SOME reason this time (projectors are so sensitive!). Glad I found it sooner than later. I may keep it another week or two just to play with it before shipping it back. As they say, back to the drawing board.

There are 6 porn tabs, D.B., but you can't see them because Incognito blurs them! ;)
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Post by: RVR II on April 06, 2012, 04:16:24 AM
porn-porn-porn... dead pixels!! :o ... porn porn porn porn... 8)
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Post by: Danecho1967 on April 06, 2012, 06:31:08 AM
I'm ripping my entire DVD library to MP4 so I can stream anything I want to watch instantly to my new iPad.  I already have several Rifftrax reauthors done.  Air Video might be the best 3 bucks I've ever spent.

Between this and Netflix, I can watch darn near anything I want, any time.  We live in amazing times.  I sure wish my father had lived long enough to see the technology of today.  But that's more of a random thought.
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Post by: Artie on April 06, 2012, 09:13:06 AM
I'm ripping my entire DVD library to MP4 so I can stream anything I want to watch instantly to my new iPad.  I already have several Rifftrax reauthors done.  Air Video might be the best 3 bucks I've ever spent.

Between this and Netflix, I can watch darn near anything I want, any time.  We live in amazing times.  I sure wish my father had lived long enough to see the technology of today.  But that's more of a random thought.

I did the same thing last year so I could stream everything to my PS3, great to have everything at your fingertips like that.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 10, 2012, 06:42:46 AM
Told my concrete mason to be at my house around 9am this morning to build a 2nd retaining wall and he's still not here..
Called him just now and no answer.. :grr:
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Post by: Sideswipe on April 10, 2012, 08:01:56 AM
I have a bad feeling about that, something about friggin smoke alarms!
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Post by: RVR II on April 10, 2012, 08:40:55 AM
I have a bad feeling about that, something about friggin smoke alarms!
Yeah he showed up at 10am instead.. Something about Charlotte traffic er something ::)
We're working on it now  ;D
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Post by: RVR II on April 11, 2012, 05:42:14 AM
DONE Finally!

http://www.youtube.com/v/bnpoUSruQ0k
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 04:49:21 PM
Going to paint a wall in our apartment (in New York City, painting one wall is considered painting an entire room)  and it's my first time painting on my own.  Any advice that might not be obvious?  I'd ask my father but I want it to be a surprise for when they visit in a couple week.  I plan on cleaning the walls, sanding down rough spots, spackling holes, spending a long time taping everything off, using a primer coat, then using an edger followed by a roller for the rest.  Sound about right?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 06:11:31 PM
Interesting.  Thanks for the advice.  I was all excited to use an edger but I'll think twice about that now. 
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 06:29:34 PM
Will do.  Everything will get covered.  Thanks again.  I'll let you know how it goes.
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Post by: k1 on April 29, 2012, 06:30:25 PM
Interesting.  Thanks for the advice.  I was all excited to use an edger but I'll think twice about that now. 

I've done lots of wall painting in my day.  2 apartments, my sister's living room, our bedroom here...:)  And actually maybe a 2" brush is better. Just get some paint on it and then do a couple of flat swipes at the wall to take the excess off and get the bristles "pointed", and then you can cut in really easily.

Oh, and you probably should put a dropcloth down on the floor.  Just one of those plastic ones is fine.

I agree with Im.  I painted houses for a couple summers & also painted my house (and helped on several friends houses as well).  I preferred the 2 inch brush.

If you go with the plastic dropcloth you probably will want to tape it down.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 06:57:41 PM
Good idea.  Here's one more question.  The walls in my apartment are standard apartment white.  Should I still use a primer coat?  I'm going to assume the answer is yes and do it anyway.  Couldn't hurt.  But let me know if it's just a waste of time and money.
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Post by: RVR II on April 29, 2012, 07:23:21 PM
Good idea.  Here's one more question.  The walls in my apartment are standard apartment white.  Should I still use a primer coat?  I'm going to assume the answer is yes and do it anyway.  Couldn't hurt.  But let me know if it's just a waste of time and money.
If you're going with the same/similar color, I wouldn't get primer.. Unless there's some serious marks on the walls (not dents) then yeah

Oh and my latest project from yesterday (Saturday)..

http://www.youtube.com/v/ouu2odHP3ZY
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 08:08:51 PM
 
Good idea.  Here's one more question.  The walls in my apartment are standard apartment white.  Should I still use a primer coat?  I'm going to assume the answer is yes and do it anyway.  Couldn't hurt.  But let me know if it's just a waste of time and money.

Depends; what color and finish are you planning to use as a cover?

Planning on using a greyish green.  I was thinking semi gloss.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2012, 09:23:48 PM
In that case I think I might skip the priming. Theres only one spot I have to patch toward the baseboard.
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Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 30, 2012, 06:52:40 AM
I'm working on two projects at the moment.

1. Cataloging my dvd collection with DVD Profiler. With over 1000 dvds this is going to take some time.

2. Fixing up a second hand Upright Arcade Game Machine. I'm thinking of putting a dvd player in it with a switch to swap between games & the dvd player.


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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 30, 2012, 07:42:54 AM
I'm working on two projects at the moment.

1. Cataloging my dvd collection with DVD Profiler. With over 1000 dvds this is going to take some time.

2. Fixing up a second hand Upright Arcade Game Machine. I'm thinking of putting a dvd player in it with a switch to swap between games & the dvd player.

So you are going to watch dvds... standing up?  Sounds... fun?

What's the game?  I have Tac-Scan and Joust at home.
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Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 30, 2012, 08:12:00 AM
I'm working on two projects at the moment.

1. Cataloging my dvd collection with DVD Profiler. With over 1000 dvds this is going to take some time.

2. Fixing up a second hand Upright Arcade Game Machine. I'm thinking of putting a dvd player in it with a switch to swap between games & the dvd player.

So you are going to watch dvds... standing up?  Sounds... fun?

What's the game?  I have Tac-Scan and Joust at home.

I have a bar stool. Galaga '88 is the installed game board. I'm swapping that out for a 300 in 1 board.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 30, 2012, 03:27:55 PM
Paint is drying.  Looks great so far.  All that's left to see is how good of a job my girlfriend and I did taping.  Thanks for all the advice guys.  Went nice and smooth.
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Post by: wurwolf on April 30, 2012, 04:01:38 PM
Paint is drying.  Looks great so far.  All that's left to see is how good of a job my girlfriend and I did taping.  Thanks for all the advice guys.  Went nice and smooth.

I love the feel of a newly-painted room, where you can still tell the difference and even detect a faint whiff of latex.  It always smells new and clean.

I want to use the low VOC paint when we paint our house. I wonder if or how it smells.
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Post by: wurwolf on April 30, 2012, 05:00:29 PM
This is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing. Or indeed, a VOC.  And yeah, I'm sure it won't smell the same, but hopefully won't smell evil either.

Stands for "volatile organic compound" and it's present in a lot of unhealthy things if breathed in, such as paints, new carpet, dry cleaning solution, gasoline, and so on. A low VOC paint is basically a water-based paint (here's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_paint#Low-VOC_and_other_environmentally_preferred_paints) a wiki paragraph, if you're interested).

I plan on using low VOC where I can. I'll put it on walls and inside my kitchen cabinets, and on the front door and the exterior of the cabinet I'll use an oil-based paint because I would assume that's more durable than a water-based paint.
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Post by: wurwolf on April 30, 2012, 05:33:04 PM
This is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing. Or indeed, a VOC.  And yeah, I'm sure it won't smell the same, but hopefully won't smell evil either.

Stands for "volatile organic compound" and it's present in a lot of unhealthy things if breathed in, such as paints, new carpet, dry cleaning solution, gasoline, and so on. A low VOC paint is basically a water-based paint (here's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_paint#Low-VOC_and_other_environmentally_preferred_paints) a wiki paragraph, if you're interested).

I plan on using low VOC where I can. I'll put it on walls and inside my kitchen cabinets, and on the front door and the exterior of the cabinet I'll use an oil-based paint because I would assume that's more durable than a water-based paint.

Yeah, I googled it. 

I never mess with oil based paints anymore. Cleanup is a nightmare, and then what the hell do you do with the turpentine? Just not worth it.  High-gloss latex paints work just fine for high-traffic areas; we painted our exterior doors with them and they're holding up great.

Oh, that's good to know. The new house has one of those pre-primed metal covered doors at the kitchen and I plan on painting it, but I just assumed I needed an oil-based paint so it would hold up.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 30, 2012, 07:08:14 PM
Low VOC paint?  Low Variety of Cells paint?  Why ever would you want that?

Annnnnnd... all done!  Looks great!  There was a little bit of paint that would seep behind the tape here and there, but I was able to scrape most of it off with a jeweler's flat head.  Here are some photos documenting the process in case anyone was interested.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The room looks so much better now.  I have another painting that my sister did coming in a week to hang above the television.  Then all that's left is to get some more book shelves for the wall directly behind the camera. 

Thanks one last time to all those who gave me advice.  Made it go a lot easier than it could have.
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Post by: wurwolf on April 30, 2012, 07:21:26 PM
I can't stand it when all the walls are just white.

This is why I'm looking forward to owning our own home. Everywhere we've rented we haven't been allowed to paint the walls. :(
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 30, 2012, 07:51:33 PM
I can't stand it when all the walls are just white.

This is why I'm looking forward to owning our own home. Everywhere we've rented we haven't been allowed to paint the walls. :(

F that. F that in the A.

Yeah... I'm not sure if I was allowed to paint or not. I'm allowed to have a cat so I think wall painting is ok. I've made so many holes in the walls that I'm going to have to paint anyway. But I didn't feel like asking. They aren't the type to make me take it down once it's done. Not till I leave that is.
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Post by: RoninFox on April 30, 2012, 07:54:08 PM
A couple places I've lived have been flexible enough to let us paint if I wanted, as long as when I leave they could cover it with a single coat of white.  Never actually did it, though one roommate had a friggin mural on his bedroom wall.  It wasn't very good, but hey.
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Post by: gbeenie on May 04, 2012, 07:10:31 PM
(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/410992_3374790339893_1573371676_32747368_1451543704_o.jpg)

NOTE: A shitload of assembly required.
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Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on May 04, 2012, 07:23:29 PM
A bit of an edit to my arcade machine project. I am now also going to put sk jukebox on it.
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Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2012, 07:10:50 AM
I'm going to build me a camera:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3509/4559947667_6238bd5499_o.jpg)

It should arrive today. If it seems easy enough (and by most accounts it is), I'll build another with a steam-punk look. :)
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Post by: Bob on May 05, 2012, 01:44:26 PM
(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/410992_3374790339893_1573371676_32747368_1451543704_o.jpg)

NOTE: A shitload of assembly required.

I love grillers, almost all kinds.
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Post by: RVR II on May 05, 2012, 05:40:25 PM
Just finished my outdoor pen for our bunny.. 8)

http://www.youtube.com/v/atVbXj54Mtk
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Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on May 07, 2012, 11:21:39 PM
I'm going to build me a camera:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3509/4559947667_6238bd5499_o.jpg)

It should arrive today. If it seems easy enough (and by most accounts it is), I'll build another with a steam-punk look. :)

That camera looks cool.

Here's a pic of my arcade machine
(http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj93/DonnieYen_2008/bBOnu.jpg)
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Post by: Tripe on May 08, 2012, 08:46:11 AM
I'm going to build me a camera:

And so I did:

(http://distilleryimage7.instagram.com/96bbcbee98a411e192e91231381b3d7a_7.jpg)

Haven't tested it with film yet but I did take a roll out of the freezer so perhaps I'll try it tonight.It really was very simple, though the positioning of the springs that make the shutter work was a wee fiddly and added a bit of time to the process. Discounting that effort, it probably took about forty minutes to put together.
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Post by: Tripe on May 08, 2012, 08:54:24 AM
None that are practicality based.

But...

Depending on how one feels about randomness and being surprised by what you've taken, and the anticipation of waiting for the things to develop, taking pics with film can  be pretty appealing. :)

Oh and cross processing, that's fun to do for real too.
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Post by: Tripe on May 08, 2012, 09:12:54 AM
Not any more; don't have a place for a dark room.

However, sending it to a lab is another randomizing element. :)

You've seen my Flickr pics, you know the sorts of things I like to play with. :)
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Post by: Tripe on May 08, 2012, 09:15:53 AM
Well generally I have the lab do that but I do have a negative scanner. Need to make a 110 mask for it though.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on May 15, 2012, 03:25:38 PM
So I had some left over paint and my dad had the idea to paint the beams across the ceiling.  Turned out pretty nice I think.  A simple picture doesn't quite do it justice, so here it is in a 360 panorama. 

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=46f71b82-5856-4c80-b992-2cc7343e6d80&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=488.405394216249&d=-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615&p=0:0&t=False (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=46f71b82-5856-4c80-b992-2cc7343e6d80&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=488.405394216249&d=-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615&p=0:0&t=False)
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Post by: wurwolf on May 15, 2012, 03:56:55 PM
Wants me to install something.
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Post by: Tripe on May 15, 2012, 04:01:55 PM
Loaded fine for me, nice, but how do you do the 360?
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Post by: Variety of Cells on May 15, 2012, 04:06:46 PM
Wants me to install something.

Oh, didn't realize you had to install something.  That's lame. 

If it's working correctly, like it does on my computer, you should be able to click and drag the picture around.
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Post by: gbeenie on May 27, 2012, 01:06:54 PM
To-Do for This Summer (in no particular order):


EDIT - Almost forgot; gaming goals:

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Post by: Starman! on May 28, 2012, 06:40:06 AM
This summer, my family and I will be cleaning out our house. We have to rent a dumpster. That's how bad it is.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on May 28, 2012, 08:28:27 AM
Loaded fine for me, nice, but how do you do the 360?

My apologies, must have skimmed over your post.  So it worked for you?  That's good.  It's unfortunate you have to install a plugin to view it, but oh well.

Anyhow, yes, it's a stitching program.  It's called photosynth and it's free for the iphone.  I'm assuming it's free for other smart phones as well.  It uses the accelerometers in the phone to gauge where the phone is pointed, then has you slowly pan and tilt all over the room while it snaps pictures when you move to areas that haven't been covered.  Once you are done then it takes a few minutes and stitches the photos together using a whole bunch of algorithms I'm sure.  It stitches some things better than others.  It's never going to be %100 perfect because ideally you'd want the camera to be in one static point in space and that's never going to happen by hand.  But it works great for a free app.

Here's a couple more I've posted online.

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=cba31376-9f5d-4d74-b91b-510745c79cb0&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=454.760605530066&d=-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615&p=0:0&t=False (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=cba31376-9f5d-4d74-b91b-510745c79cb0&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=454.760605530066&d=-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615:-1.20919957615615&p=0:0&t=False)

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=25d7e162-5217-4dac-aed3-5f860cca5716&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=454.760605530066&d=4.31057736470406:-0.808281809293968:-0.62388386521064&p=0:0&t=False (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=25d7e162-5217-4dac-aed3-5f860cca5716&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=454.760605530066&d=4.31057736470406:-0.808281809293968:-0.62388386521064&p=0:0&t=False)

As you see sometimes you'll get issues with the auto exposure not matching from picture to picture, but overall it's actually a nice little tool.  I use it a lot when I go on location scouts for movies.  Give me a better idea of the space of a room, which helps me when I'm figuring out how to light it.  If you have a smart phone go ahead and give it a try, it's fun and free.  And if you don't, well, maybe it's past your bed time old man ;) 
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Post by: Tripe on May 28, 2012, 08:32:16 AM
Awesome, thanks. :)

Even if it's not available for other smartphones generally searching for one app will provide alternatives in the se4arch results., I will give that a go.

Oh and I didn't have to install a plug-in, not sure, maybe it's dependant on which browser one uses or something.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 28, 2012, 08:33:24 AM
I'm digging up a large chunk of lawn for a new flowerbed. This so far has proved to be annoying for me. I cut the lawn up into squares flip over the square get as much soil removed from the grass roots as possible then dig a bit further down where the lawn was and break up the clay soil. I'm digging about a foot below the soil level for now. I've got a ton of dahlias that are still in need of being planted.

EDIT: And then I have to repeat the process in my backyard to make room for my SALSA GARDEN. Yay!
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Post by: RVR II on May 30, 2012, 05:45:17 AM
Been lax on my updates with my 'Mega Shed' since we built it last year so here's the latest on its progress..

http://www.youtube.com/v/Cr3PUkvsT7k

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZEQGe15g9pM

Progress has been slow but it's coming along little by little.. 8)
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Post by: RVR II on June 21, 2012, 05:16:37 PM
Finished tiling the bathroom and make-shift kitchen countertop in the mega-shed.. 8)

http://www.youtube.com/v/1_EupBNGvL8

Took about a week and a half of off and on work :o
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Post by: RVR II on July 08, 2012, 10:54:51 AM
Well it looks like my friend CJ's (who helped me build and is living in the Mega-Shed) AC unit conked out the other day and can't get it fixed so now we will be taking out the window unit in the spare bedroom (since it's not being used anyway) to help cool it down over there ..
Luckily he just finished the plumbing 2 weeks ago so he can at least take cold showers but that's only temporary.
His dog has been panting like crazy and been giving her ice water but really they just need something to cool it down during these scorching days..
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Post by: Tripe on July 08, 2012, 08:14:24 PM
I think I might make one of these:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/204280533067905871_9pAhXGiP_f.jpg)

Thought it might be fun to hang in the foyer or something so Ann and I can play a game or two with a move each on leaving and returning home. :)

And if that works, I'll see what I can do about making a backgammon set too.
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Post by: Lembach on July 08, 2012, 11:44:36 PM
I need to finish Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Deadspace 1 and 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Evochron Mercenary, FEAR 1, 2, and 3, Legend of Grimrock, Metro 2033, Portal 2, Bioshock 2, LA Noire, Mafia 2, and Diablo 3 in everything but Normal difficulty. Goddamn Steam and their goddamned Weekend Madness sales.
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Post by: wurwolf on July 29, 2012, 09:30:04 AM
I have a yard question, one that's mystified me for years: How do you cut excess grass/weeds along the bottom of an open link fence?

The fence around our yard is a wooden split rail with wire mesh attached. It looks sort of like this:

(http://locustfence.com/SplitRailWithWireMesh.jpg)

In a previous house in which I lived we had a chain link fence, and I could never figure out how to trim around it. Similar problem with this house. The lawn mower doesn't get close enough, a weed whacker just gets caught up in the wire mesh, and crawling around on the ground with electric grass trimmers seems unnecessarily laborious and fussy. So... any other suggestions?
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Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2012, 10:31:51 AM
Or a herbal/floral border, if that part of the lawn is a bitch to mow, get rid of that part of the lawn (of course I'm in favour of discarding lawns all together).
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Post by: RVR II on July 29, 2012, 10:34:06 AM
Weed eater.. or just plant a bunch of azaleas around the fence like the wife did and cover it up 8)
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Post by: Bob on July 29, 2012, 10:35:59 AM
Is your house going to look like a mad-construction crew did some work when she comes back?
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Post by: wurwolf on July 29, 2012, 10:56:11 AM
Helpful! Thanks, fellas!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 29, 2012, 11:02:37 AM
Do you need that fence all the way to the ground?  If not just cut it off a few inches above the ground so the weed whacker can go under without getting tangled.  You might need to rent a pair of heavy duty wire cutters if you don't have any.
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Post by: wurwolf on July 29, 2012, 11:18:12 AM
I thought about that, but I'd like to have it down to the ground to keep the chickens from wandering off.

I also thought about mulch, and while that would work short term, what happens when grass and weeds just start growing in the mulch? Then I'm back to square one. I don't really want plants all along the bottom off the entire fence.
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Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2012, 11:37:42 AM
Decorative Gravel behind edging then?
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Post by: k1 on July 29, 2012, 11:48:22 AM
Yeah that's what I'd do.

Dig it up put gardening fabric down, cover with gravel or something.   Or just say screw it and leave the edges a little ugly.
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Post by: wurwolf on July 29, 2012, 12:31:12 PM
Ultimately I think if I want it to look pretty, I will wind up planting things along the base. But leaving it a little ugly doesn't sound so bad, either. I don't mind things a little shabby and overgrown in some spots, just not the whole thing.
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Post by: wurwolf on August 04, 2012, 01:04:51 PM
Well, the whole house, walls and ceilings, is an ugly grey color so we're going to be painting all of the rooms. First up is the kitchen, which is probably the most labor-intensive in the house, given the size and the fact that we have to cover up and tape off a lot. APGIL and I spent the afternoon painting -- I taped everything off and he did the ceiling while I painted the outside door black. He's taking a break and then it's time to paint the walls yellow (the color is called Banana Split, which has the Banana Splits theme song running through my head all day).
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Post by: Bob on August 04, 2012, 01:17:41 PM
Wow, painting the house like that is SUCH an operation........

Wish you all the best and please stop some for some wine and Rifftrax/MST3K time.
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Post by: wurwolf on August 04, 2012, 01:20:53 PM
Thanks, Bob. It is a pretty big undertaking but we're trying to take it one step at a time. I want to try to get most, if not all, of our big projects done before I leave my job next spring. It's also easier (and more fun) doing these things together.

Wine and MST3k sounds like a great idea!
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Post by: goflyblind on August 04, 2012, 01:30:31 PM
yellow and black? did the honey nut cheerios bee move in with you?
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Post by: wurwolf on August 04, 2012, 01:33:08 PM
Isn't that bee yellow and brown?

Hopefully it won't look that bad when we're done. I'll post pictures.
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Post by: k1 on August 04, 2012, 01:36:11 PM
yellow and black? did the honey nut cheerios bee move in with you?

I just assumed it was some sort of Stryper tribute.
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Post by: wurwolf on August 04, 2012, 02:27:36 PM
oh god, yellow?

Yep. Yellow. It will look completely hideous by the time we're done!  :D
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Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2012, 03:32:17 PM
We did an antique white with bright white trim in a majority of our house and it turned out pretty good..
The spare bedroom/boutique room is a bright 'sunshine' yellow with white trim (cause that's what the wife wanted) and it's still a bit of a color shock to me :-\
The addition room/new master bedroom is 'Arizona sunset' orange with white trim (again that's what the wife wanted) and it's tolerable :-[
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Post by: Bob on August 04, 2012, 04:12:43 PM
I can see blue walls and a white ceiling, but not the opposite.

I guess I should not say anything about decoration as after living in my house for 12 years, all my walls and ceilings are the same very very very light tan color the builder built the house with.   I'm a guy with no real decorating skills.
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Post by: Bob on August 04, 2012, 04:18:03 PM
Maybe they were going to something Caribbean?
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Post by: Tripe on August 04, 2012, 09:28:48 PM
I'd not mind a painted ceiling if it mimiceed this sort of sky:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7098/7093075055_4cee775375_o.jpg)
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Post by: wurwolf on August 05, 2012, 05:33:39 PM
Well, we finished the kitchen and I'm not sure if I like it. It's yellow and that's what I wanted, but now I'm thinking (which I didn't think of before) that it looks like McDonalds. So there may come a time when we repaint the kitchen in white. Before that, though, we'll probably do some other rooms.
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Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 05, 2012, 05:39:39 PM
Well, we finished the kitchen and I'm not sure if I like it. It's yellow and that's what I wanted, but now I'm thinking (which I didn't think of before) that it looks like McDonalds. So there may come a time when we repaint the kitchen in white. Before that, though, we'll probably do some other rooms.

How rad would it be if every time APGIL came into the kitchen, he paused, looked around, and shouted "I'm lovin' it!!!"
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Post by: goflyblind on August 05, 2012, 05:42:21 PM
Quote
• Yellow is also the most fatiguing to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected. Using yellow as a background on paper or computer monitors can lead to eyestrain or vision loss in extreme cases.

• Yellow can also create feelings of frustration and anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.

• Yellow can also increase the metabolism.
http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_yellow.htm

so, now, every time you go in your kitchen, you'll be blind, angry, hungry, and start to cry. :-\
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Post by: wurwolf on August 05, 2012, 05:46:12 PM
Well... thanks.  :-\

I'll leave it for now. Maybe it will grow on me.
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Post by: Bob on August 05, 2012, 05:47:02 PM
I guess I do not pay attention to the color of walls because I never remember what color anything is.   I could not tell you what colors our walls are at work or any of my friends' house
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Post by: wurwolf on August 07, 2012, 12:01:03 PM
I don't have any pictures of my kitchen in its current state, but I found this picture on tumblr today and it's very much a similar color scheme. It is about as perfect as a kitchen could be in my opinion.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7og1rIFkU1qza2lwo1_500.jpg)

In my house, the kitchen walls are that color yellow and the cabinets are a light-colored wood (birch, I think?). The floor is grey-ish and I have red accents around, like my red-topped table and small things like the rice cooker and spoon rest.
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Post by: Tripe on August 07, 2012, 12:27:06 PM
Interesting, reminds me of the kitchens of the camp I used to run. Apparently Yellow is a kitchen colour in large service food environments for the US. :)
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Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 07, 2012, 01:00:41 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7og1rIFkU1qza2lwo1_500.jpg)

Hey look, it's a breakfast nook! I dig nooks. One of the houses I grew up in had a cool little breakfast nook. "Breakfast nook" was a bit misleading though, as it also served as a lunch nook, dinner nook, and homework nook.

"Nook" is a fun word.
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Post by: Tripe on August 07, 2012, 03:36:49 PM
A quadruple wide by the looks of it.

Those tend to have really big baths.. sigh, '97.
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Post by: RVR II on December 05, 2012, 10:19:13 AM
Finally started on my last home improvement project of the year..
Installing a window in my spare bedroom - The same room I had an old window removed and a door installed about a year and 9 months ago..

It's a 2-0 x 4-0 (2ft wide by 4ft tall) single-hung vinyl window custom made and ordered through Home Depot.
There's no real ventilation in the room except when the door is open so this will solve that problem and also allow for a small 6000btu AC/Heater combo window unit to be installed for climate control as well.

Should be completed before I leave for Mexico in a week and a half 8)
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Post by: wurwolf on March 05, 2013, 04:26:30 PM
I took the week off from work to keep the dog company, but also to do a few things around the house. I think I told you guys that we painted the kitchen yellow not long after we moved in, but after we did it I changed my mind. My kitchen table is red and my appliances are white, and the red, yellow & white motif made me think of McDonald's. Something that didn't occur to me when I was picking out paint colors.

So today I started repainting the kitchen walls white. Eventually I want to paint the floor a slate grey and replace the counter top, but once I'm done with the walls I'm going to put a board for a shelf over the window, and the supports for the shelf on either side will hold a curtain rod.
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Post by: wurwolf on March 09, 2013, 09:03:19 AM
So the kitchen is now (mostly) painted. It was Im's favorite wall color, yellow with white trim, now painted all white. It feels a lot better. Here's a picture of a corner of the kitchen, featuring my buddy Todd.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/6ffecf41d4f7c854f693c453dfec6322/tumblr_mjehguwkKP1r114v7o1_500.jpg)
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Post by: wurwolf on March 09, 2013, 09:11:35 AM
Told ya.

I like the spice rack. My parents had one like that when I was growing up.

Yeah, you were right. I think part of the reason I went with yellow is because we've been renting for the past ten years and were never allowed to paint the walls. We had to live with either plain white or the landlord's shitty wallpaper/paneling. So when we bought our house I went a little nuts planning room colors, but the funny thing is is that I really do love bright white walls. Maybe I just got used to it, but it's so clean and fresh looking.

I love that spice rack, too. It comes straight from the late 60s/early 70s and was made by my sister's boyfriend in shop class for my mom, and I guess about twenty years ago she gave it to me. I've used it ever since.
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Post by: Lembach on March 09, 2013, 05:09:04 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7og1rIFkU1qza2lwo1_500.jpg)

Hey look, it's a breakfast nook! I dig nooks. One of the houses I grew up in had a cool little breakfast nook. "Breakfast nook" was a bit misleading though, as it also served as a lunch nook, dinner nook, and homework nook.

"Nook" is a fun word.

Nook is an evil forbidden word where I work.

But my grandparents had one in their old house. And that is exactly what the kitchen and the nook (*gasp!*) looked like. Man, I have suddenly been flooded with memories.
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Post by: stansimpson on March 11, 2013, 04:40:49 PM
It's been close to a year, and I never updated here how things went. The (now) fiancée & I built this shelf, put some rubber stoppers on the shelf, and then put the projector upside-down onto the stoppers. It's been amazing. I've entertained up to 10 people, and everyone seems to love it. I highly recommend having a personal home theater.
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/5-30-12cProjectoronnewshelf_zpsf11d9b65.jpg)

I'm living in a "converted living room", so there's no door to speak of. I put up these corduroy sheets which help create a black box effect. It's pretty fun.
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/5-12-12Newdooropen_zps9e19854e.jpg)
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Post by: wurwolf on March 14, 2013, 01:45:27 PM
Bought a new cross stitch pattern today. Not sure how long it will take me to complete but it doesn't seem too intricate so I doubt it will take long.

(http://img0.etsystatic.com/015/0/6002535/il_fullxfull.416930396_mff9.jpg)

This seller actually has some pretty awesome patterns, not the least of which is Walter White's "Kiss the Cook". http://www.etsy.com/shop/steotch?ref=seller_info
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Post by: RVR II on March 19, 2013, 06:00:48 AM
Awaiting a land surveyor to survey my 2 lots and merge them into one under my current home address so I can get my mortgage refi back on track.. This will cost me $400 out of my pocket but should help increase my appraisal which came back much lower than expected.
Seems that my past refi's had no problem using both lots side by side on my appraisal but now after the mortgage debacle, the separate lot cannot be considered unless they were merged together :-\
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Post by: Tripe on April 07, 2013, 07:45:25 PM
I do like your replacement chandelier. I'm always in favor of lighting where you can't see the bulbs.
I agree, the first one looks like it came out the box marked "cheap home renovations" from Home Depot. It also looks like the type of fixtures the flippers used when they did our house. I highly approve of your replacement.
Thanks, the old chandelier was awful, the new one isn't a match but it is a compliment to the other ceiling lights in our place. As far as I can see, the only reason the chandelier was part of the same fixture package was due to having the same finish on the metal; aside from that it was simply big, heavy and ugly as sin.

The rest of the stuff is generally modernist so some deco and some slightly later modernist touches.

We saw a fantastic sanctuary lamp at a local auction house a while back that we might think about for elsewhere. It probably dates from about '35 and hung over the altar in one of Detroit's lost parish churches.
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Post by: Tripe on April 07, 2013, 08:10:07 PM
I'll take one tomorrow. :)

Yes sanctuary lamps can be hefty but the one we're looking at is very of it time and much less ornate while still being elegant. The main light (or, I suspect, one of 3-5) was also there and simply immense; beautiful but just too large for anything except a church.

The original building must have been exquisite; a little like Shrine of the Little Flower I imagine (now there's a place I'd love to turn into a private residence!)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 24, 2013, 01:00:12 PM
Today's weird project, build a dual computer monitor stand, but vertically:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/dmonitor1.jpg)

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/dmonitor2.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2013, 01:01:26 PM
Oh wow now That's cool! :o

I had a privacy fence put up on top of a small retaining wall over the weekend..

https://www.youtube.com/v/sjPcEVQfI50
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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2013, 08:26:25 AM
Busy morning so far..

Tore apart the dishwasher to replace what I thought was a bad control panel circuit board ($60 for the replacement circuit board that took a week to arrive) but turns out it's the whole touch panel itself that's bad so I ordered a new one for $150 dollars (other places had them listed for $160-$220 dollars) so it'll take another week for it to arrive.. >:(

Then trimmed a cap block on a retaining wall.. My buddy Aureliano used an old patio stone in place of a regular cap block (which I had plenty of for this project last year) so this one block had a 1 inch overhang on it that I trimmed off..

https://www.youtube.com/v/vMl7o9SYwec

And I transplanted a Magnolia tree for the wife. ;D
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Post by: Variety of Cells on June 27, 2013, 09:08:08 AM
So I wanted something that says "I'm nerdy", but on top of that I wanted to make it myself so people say "Oh... You really are nerdy."  So I found a kit for this cute little binary clock on eBay.

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/4821FAE8-E2C1-41F7-946C-91E62B5B6619-6621-00000490C7AC11E7_zps7fc37142.jpg)

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/06757580-6AB3-444E-A042-8223495484E4-6621-00000490AF0269DA_zpsc0aa4cd0.jpg)

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/4DAAF3C4-6900-4836-BD4D-A116D53C798B-6621-000004909AD725BE_zpse56cfe30.jpg)

And it works!  I managed to not fuck it up. Now I just need to figure out how to dim those LEDs so my wife lets me keep it on at night.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on June 27, 2013, 09:29:31 AM
Very cool.  I wish I knew how to read it.  I collect unusual clocks.  A bad hobby for a guy on a fixed budget, but what can you do? 

I'm not Doc Brown or anything, but I can pretty much look up and tell what time it is from anywhere in my place.

Anyway, big likes for your project.

Left column is the hour. Middle column is the minute tens, right is the minute ones. Bottoms row is 1, next up is 2, next up is 4, and the top row is 8. So knowing that, you just add up the columns. In the picture, first column is 2, middle is 3, right is 8, so it's 2:38.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 13, 2013, 06:37:15 AM
Doing writing, but I'm not sure for what purpose (not sounding defeatist, I really don't know).  I'm writing reviews of comics I've read, but not new ones.  I might just start off with a blog, but I'm not sure.  And I also wrote the script for the first issue of a comic series that's been in my head for a while, but I think it needs a lot of work and while I kind of know where the story is going, I think I need to write more before I go back and re-edit so I know how to change some things based on what I'm changing.

Without giving to much away, it's basically a mix of Coleridge and EC Comics and am trying to give it a character heavy Naoki Urasawa feel.  I'm doing my writing slowly, tring to do a half hour or more a day, but usually not much more, I'll admit.  Maybe when the weather gets cooler I'll do more, but I'll try to do more every day.
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Post by: RVR II on August 13, 2013, 10:44:41 AM
Well Shit! I got to get a big (badly leaning) Oak tree cut down ASAP cause it has 2 splits going up the trunk and starting to come out of the ground! :o

It's been leaning for many years but all the rain we've had around here lately has weakened this severely where it could fall anytime now! :scared:

Insurance won't do a damn thing until it falls and even then, the damage it may cause probably won't reach the deductible (chain link and wooden privacy fence) so now I'll have to take an emergency cash advance off my credit card to cover the bill - what ever that will be  :-[
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 20, 2013, 01:12:05 PM
Been trying out various types of under cabinet lighting in my Kitchen and finally found something I like.

Bought a spool of this and a 12V transformer for it:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Tz5-%2Bi9AL._SY450_.jpg)

Here's what it looks like installed:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/undercabinetlighting.jpg)

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Post by: Variety of Cells on September 21, 2013, 08:30:29 AM
Ribbon lights are nice.  We use them for film lighting every now and then because you can stick them anywhere.  Especially when doing lighting inside of cars. 
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Post by: Variety of Cells on September 22, 2013, 04:30:17 PM
So, doing laundry at my tiny laundromat blows.  You have to lug all your clothes two blocks down the street, stand up for a couple hours because there are only two benches that are always taken, and then haul it all back again in the snow or the heat.  Unfortunately I live in an apartment so I figured having a washer/dryer in my place was out of the question.

But I did a little digging and it turns out they do make portable washer/dryers for apartments that hook up to your faucet.  However, they aren't sold in New York city because they are against pretty much every lease.  Apparently they have a habit of leaking and flooding apartments.  Even if you install it correctly they just conk out after a while.  And if not that then the excess demand for water and power is tough on older buildings. 

But I didn't want to give up after getting so excited over the prospect of doing laundry in my own home.  So this is what I found:

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/E092EF4E-2A17-42B3-8782-F13F7B4F1E8A-488-0000004EA1D61D49_zps84a9bff4.jpg)

The blue guy is the washer.  I fill it with water from a hose that I connected to a shower diverter, pretty standard stuff that won't flood the bathroom if it leaks.  Then put some detergent and clothes it, set the timer, and it sloshes my clothes around for a bit.  Only takes about 6 minutes for lightly soiled stuff.

I do have to manually drain then rinse the clothing once it finishes washing, but it's not so bad.  Then I plop it all in the white spinner in the bathtub that spins crazy fast and gets about 92% of the water out.  Then I hang the clothes on the my dry rack. 

Works pretty well overall, and is a lot quieter than I thought it'd be.  I don't have to worry about bugging the neighbors.  It can't do a lot per load; its max is about a pair of jeans and two t shirts, but the process only takes about 12 minutes per load.

It's perfect for doing a couple loads on the weekend, but doing a whole lot of laundry becomes rather involved.  Though I recommend it if you hate going to the laundromat like I do.
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Post by: RVR II on April 03, 2014, 08:50:46 AM
Well it's been a while since I had any projects but I'm planning to construct a roof over my 16 x 16 back deck since we lost our 10 x 12 gazebo a couple months back to an ice storm..
It will be like a car port style covering 90% of the entire deck but won't be tied into the existing house roof (too much work).
Still looking at how we're gonna support the roof; either using the existing 4x4 posts supporting the deck, or digging holes for new 4x4 support posts because it will also require support posts in the middle of the deck since it will be spanning over 16 feet :-\
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Post by: RVR II on April 05, 2014, 12:24:00 PM
Well it's been a while since I had any projects but I'm planning to construct a roof over my 16 x 16 back deck since we lost our 10 x 12 gazebo a couple months back to an ice storm..
It will be like a car port style covering 90% of the entire deck but won't be tied into the existing house roof (too much work).
Still looking at how we're gonna support the roof; either using the existing 4x4 posts supporting the deck, or digging holes for new 4x4 support posts because it will also require support posts in the middle of the deck since it will be spanning over 16 feet :-\
Welp, looks like this idea has been scrapped.. :-[
After reevaluation of the deck and crunching some numbers, it's just not cost effective to do this.
Because of the way the deck was built, we would literally have to tear apart and rebuilt the entire deck with proper supports to hold a roof on top.
My friend CJ originally said he would help me in exchange for a $500+ computer motherboard, processor, RAM combo but then seems to have backed off that exchange after seeing what would be involved, so now I'm just going with a 10x13 carport style canopy and frame setup from Home Depot as our new gazebo.
It won't be pretty but it will be functional and better built than the fancy gazebos sold for $400 or more elsewhere.
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Post by: gbeenie on April 07, 2014, 01:38:47 PM
Since I took the term off from school (I'm currently writing about my mom's death; I'll post it when I'm done), I've got a buttload of free time. So, I decided to finally tackle the task of ripping all my RiffTrax shorts DVDs to .mp4 on my NAS, so I can access them all at once via my Roku. I'm using a freeware program called XviD4PSP; it does conversions to lots of different formats, with next to no fuss. It can rip directly from DVD to convert, but I notice it's been having some trouble with the earliest releases. Luckily, I still have my copy of DVD Decrypter handy; it easily rips one of the shorts in a matter of seconds. From there, it's a simple matter to convert the resulting VOB file to .mp4 using XviD4PSP (which also has a batch processing function, so I can do all the shorts on a DVD in one swell foop.

Even though I'm still early on in this process, I'm already seeing a benefit: When my best friend came over last night to watch Game of Thrones (as an aside: squee!), we had some time to kill, and being able to pull up a bunch of shorts made it easy and fun to select one to watch.
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Post by: gbeenie on April 07, 2014, 02:45:52 PM
Is there a reason in particular you're going mp4? That's the one file that consistently gives my player trouble with stuttering.  Mkvs, avis, xvid, flv, wma--all fine. Mp4? Fuck.

(Great ep last night btw)

Well, the Roku won't play .avi, .wmv or even .mpg. Since the shorts for purchase on the site are almost all available as .mp4s, I just kind of landed there. So far, I've had virtually no playback problems.
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Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2014, 06:28:08 PM
Yeah, our Blu-Ray player does some online stuff. The only problem I notice is that, all too often, the BR player's online capabilities are pretty much all it's EVER gonna be able to do. I really like the ever-expanding stuff available for Roku. Also, the Roku app on my iPhone and tablet let you use either of them as a keyboard when searching on the main unit. I LOVE that.

Oh, and having an iPhone and Android tablet is another reason I decided to rip to .mp4; I didn't want any compatibility issues across multiple platforms.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 08, 2014, 08:14:25 PM
Yeah, our Blu-Ray player does some online stuff. The only problem I notice is that, all too often, the BR player's online capabilities are pretty much all it's EVER gonna be able to do. I really like the ever-expanding stuff available for Roku. Also, the Roku app on my iPhone and tablet let you use either of them as a keyboard when searching on the main unit. I LOVE that.

Oh, and having an iPhone and Android tablet is another reason I decided to rip to .mp4; I didn't want any compatibility issues across multiple platforms.

Which app do you use for your iphone to control your roku?  Had no idea they existed, but apparently there's a ton of them, and I can't tell which one is any good.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: gbeenie on April 09, 2014, 10:34:47 AM
Yeah, our Blu-Ray player does some online stuff. The only problem I notice is that, all too often, the BR player's online capabilities are pretty much all it's EVER gonna be able to do. I really like the ever-expanding stuff available for Roku. Also, the Roku app on my iPhone and tablet let you use either of them as a keyboard when searching on the main unit. I LOVE that.

Oh, and having an iPhone and Android tablet is another reason I decided to rip to .mp4; I didn't want any compatibility issues across multiple platforms.

Which app do you use for your iphone to control your roku?  Had no idea they existed, but apparently there's a ton of them, and I can't tell which one is any good.

As I recall, there's an official app. It does remote-control functions, as well as the keyboard option.
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2014, 01:07:28 PM
Assembled our new canopy/gazebo all by myself 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/UXWo4PBK4bw
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: gbeenie on April 15, 2014, 03:40:03 PM
So, I finished ripping all my shorts DVDs (I own all but one of them); the final result (including the ones I'd purchased online) was: 115 shorts (not counting holiday stuff, which I put in its own folder), plus two bonus riffs (alternate riffs from two DVD shorts). I had not previously opened several of the DVDs, and was mildly peeved to learn about the two duplicated shorts; but, given the overall value I got out of the DVDs, I'm not too broken-up about it.

And now, I have virtually instant access to all of them.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 27, 2014, 05:53:44 PM
Have a bunch of other much more important things to do, but instead I did this on my day off.  I had the idea and was itching to implement it.  Just have to add the velcro after I sand the wood.  Now the joystick feels much more like a plane, and is much more comfortable.  It also doesn't block my screen any more. 

Still have to make another one for the throttle.  But that's a project for another day.

Spoilered for size
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: Sideswipe on July 14, 2014, 07:31:26 PM
Wow, what a mess!  You must ban your wife from that area of the house!
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Post by: gbeenie on July 15, 2014, 12:06:43 PM
Well, I got inspired by IFC's re-airing of the 1960s Batman TV series, so I took to writing. The first two (if you're not friends with me on Facebook; there, I have the first eight posted) are at RevoutionSF.com (also on NeedlessThingSite.com later in the month):

http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=5642 (http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=5642)

http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=5643 (http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=5643)

(NOTE: all grammatical and formatting mistakes are "value-added" content not created by me.  :)
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Post by: Variety of Cells on March 08, 2015, 10:08:11 AM
I saw an idea for a floor lamp, but I can't find it anymore, or anything similar.  Now I'm considering making it myself.

The design is simple: it's a straight 4.5', one directional LED bar stuck in a stand.  Place it in the corner of a room with the LEDs pointing towards the wall, then the light bounces back and creates a nice soft light.  It's the same concept as silver tipped light bulbs, but in the form of a light bar.

This would be super simple if I lived in the suburbs and had access to a table saw.  I'd just take some thin wood, cut two 4.5' x 3" pieces to make a 90 degree corner, stick it on a base, tape a ribbon LED strip in the middle, and Robert's your mother's brother. 

However, all I have is a hand saw and a drill as far as tools go, so making anything that looks nice is a challenge.  If anyone has an idea on something that's prefabricated that I could retrofit by shoving some LEDs inside I would appreciate it. 
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 08, 2015, 10:26:59 AM
To do it without any woodworking tools I'd go with a large diameter curtain rod, mount it in the corner vertically, and get some high density LED strip lighting to attach to the rod.  I'd put 2 strips 70 degrees apart on the rod so you get the light bouncing off the walls more instead of directly into the corner.  I'd go with less than 90 because those LED strips are blinding if you can see the LEDs directly.  I use them for under counter lighting in my kitchen. 

If you want to get fancy they have multicolor strips, color changing LEDs that come with a little remote to let you adjust the color.  Way more expensive though.
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Post by: Sideswipe on March 08, 2015, 10:37:16 AM
Use some kind of corner moulding

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21qvma67JRL.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 08, 2015, 10:44:35 AM
Yeah, that "might" be cheaper than curtain rod.  Molding can get crazy expensive for some reason.

And you could put 2 strips on the inside, so you get 90° but when it's facing the corner there's no chance of seeing the blinding LEDs directly.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on March 08, 2015, 10:59:41 AM
Use some kind of corner moulding

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21qvma67JRL.jpg)

That's the ticket!  Pretty cheap, and that's the shape I was looking for. 

Yeah, that "might" be cheaper than curtain rod.  Molding can get crazy expensive for some reason.

And you could put 2 strips on the inside, so you get 90° but when it's facing the corner there's no chance of seeing the blinding LEDs directly.

This is what I had in mind.  The 90 degree V is to block any direct light.  I also like your idea of using two strips, one on either piece of wood, to create an even softer, but brighter glow.

Do you recommend a certain brand of LED ribbon?  I only need single color, probably warm white LEDs.  And a dimmer is essential.  If the ribbon isn't too expensive I'll build two so I have a nice matching pair on either side of the couch. 
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 08, 2015, 11:17:46 AM
This is the stuff I got when I did my kitchen (pretty much the cheapest prime eligible stuff I could find):

The power supply:
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ME2HMQ/

The LEDs (16 foot spool):
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EHHLD8/

The dimmer:
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RFMY1O/

It's gotten cheaper, total less than $25 now...

Those are bright white LEDs, so you might want to look for soft white.

I soldered all my connections, so you'll have to get some of the connectors that clip onto the LED strips if you don't have soldering equipment.
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Post by: RVR II on March 09, 2015, 11:16:46 AM
Finished up my privacy fence project that I have been putting off for a few years now but thanks to the idiot drunk redneck and his damn dog harassing mine last night, and him doing nothing about it but aging it on, the fence project got expedited and finished this morning.. $220 dollars in material and it's now complete

https://www.youtube.com/v/_odYnYsZzLg
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Post by: Sideswipe on March 09, 2015, 11:47:45 AM
Use some kind of corner moulding

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21qvma67JRL.jpg)

That's the ticket!  Pretty cheap, and that's the shape I was looking for. 

Yeah, that "might" be cheaper than curtain rod.  Molding can get crazy expensive for some reason.

And you could put 2 strips on the inside, so you get 90° but when it's facing the corner there's no chance of seeing the blinding LEDs directly.

This is what I had in mind.  The 90 degree V is to block any direct light.  I also like your idea of using two strips, one on either piece of wood, to create an even softer, but brighter glow.

Do you recommend a certain brand of LED ribbon?  I only need single color, probably warm white LEDs.  And a dimmer is essential.  If the ribbon isn't too expensive I'll build two so I have a nice matching pair on either side of the couch. 

Right on, glad I could help.
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Post by: RVR II on March 12, 2015, 12:43:45 PM
Built my own Carpenter Bee Traps this morning 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/TX5O3KIEljk
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Post by: Miku Fan on March 12, 2015, 05:48:57 PM
You could build a redneck trap, based on that snow TV dinner that Lembach posted.  That might brighten your day.  ;D
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Post by: Sideswipe on March 12, 2015, 05:58:15 PM
Fuck that.  To much work, just get some roadkill.  Problem solved.
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Post by: Miku Fan on March 12, 2015, 06:00:12 PM
Hmm, and roadkill has been legalized in Tennessee! I think you are on to a winner. Won't work on me, of course. The TV dinner trap might work, but not roadkill.
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Post by: RVR II on March 12, 2015, 06:46:18 PM
Nice. I should copy that and post my own video. I have one about refinishing a piece of furniture that gets more hits than almost all my other shit combined.
I never even knew these traps existed till this year, and seeing how simple they looked I figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot :o
A local friend saw this vid and wants me to build 4 of them for her and her parents but I think she wants them for free so now I'm kind of ignoring her  >:(
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Post by: Sideswipe on March 12, 2015, 06:51:36 PM
That shabby bitch.
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Post by: RVR II on March 12, 2015, 06:58:00 PM
That shabby bitch.
Just cause I have scrap lumber laying round, the moochers suddenly appear :o
My labor ain't free! :angry:
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Post by: Variety of Cells on March 12, 2015, 09:01:25 PM
Peices arrived for my floor lamps. I have the LEDs and corner moulding cut to size. Did a quick test and I think it's going to work really well, especially with two matching units.

The only piece I have left to buy is the base. I'm thinking a triangle of plywood could do the job.
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Post by: RVR II on March 13, 2015, 05:03:25 AM
That shabby bitch.
Just cause I have scrap lumber laying round, the moochers suddenly appear :o
My labor ain't free! :angry:

Yeah, fuck that. At least make her give you food or something.  We usually "barter" stuff like that; last year we had a nice trade of our homemade jam going to another family for their chickens' eggs. It was a nice exchange.
She has nothing I want. I'm thinking of just telling her that I don't have enough supplies on hand and sending her to ebay..
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Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2015, 12:22:19 PM
Been a busy day for me so far.. :o

Roof projects
https://www.youtube.com/v/FV9YlLDg0YU

Gazebo ceiling fan
https://www.youtube.com/v/-VOTHymNwLc
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Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2015, 05:13:46 AM
That shabby bitch.
Just cause I have scrap lumber laying round, the moochers suddenly appear :o
My labor ain't free! :angry:

Yeah, fuck that. At least make her give you food or something.  We usually "barter" stuff like that; last year we had a nice trade of our homemade jam going to another family for their chickens' eggs. It was a nice exchange.
She has nothing I want. I'm thinking of just telling her that I don't have enough supplies on hand and sending her to ebay..

Then tell her it costs a 12 pack of beer.
HA! Still not worth it to me :P
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Post by: RandyMistie on March 18, 2015, 02:50:21 AM
I am on my fifth re-write... possibly sixth? Of a science fiction novel about the future. It is difficult to write about the future because we are living in it. Except for colonizing the solar system which I am trying to write about, we have super-computers in our pockets; holo-grams are happening, and we are genetically engineering food, (for better or for worse).

The only reason we don't have flying cars is that most people can't drive two dimensionally. It's a blessing that most drunken-ass, pill popping-ass, crazy-ass mother-fuckers can only kill people on the roads, let alone pollute the skies with their ass-hole-ishness. We have the technology, I've seen it, but you people couldn't handle it.

But, they are developing AI that can drive your pill-popping ass to work without you even touching a steering wheel... I don't trust this at all. Any more than I trust a car than can parallel park for me. 

The inter-web and social media, is Satan incarnate. I never believed in Satan until I saw Facebook and "tweets!" And I was a Satanist for 20 years! Never believed in it, but followed along to make money. Now, I see him!

Anyways, I am trying to write a science-fiction story.
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 06:27:53 AM
Had another repair done to my deck.. 3rd repair in 6 years :grr:

https://www.youtube.com/v/RnwMSEYTSAE
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 07:39:31 AM
Does the person doing the repairs know what the heck he's doing?
Oh! Um, how do I delete this post?
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 07:46:12 AM
Does the person doing the repairs know what the heck he's doing?
Oh! Um, how do I delete this post?
HA! Course he does!
He's been doing various repairs for years around my place 8)
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 07:50:21 AM
yeah.  Actually I admire your ability to do home repairs.  I have to call maintenance to change a light bulb. :'(
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 07:54:15 AM
yeah.  Actually I admire your ability to do home repairs.  I have to call maintenance to change a light bulb. :'(
I can do limited repairs but my friend CJ has built houses before :o
The Mega Shed project we built back in 2011 was my biggest project I've ever done.
Here's the entire playlist if you want to check it out..
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkXV19OiCieWpAV5beCpgZ2llH77DSSgT
Or at the beginning of this thread
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 08:26:02 AM
Well, you sure put that fence together in a hurry, when your redneck neighbors were being "dickweeds."  I was impressed!
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 08:41:28 AM
Well, you sure put that fence together in a hurry, when your redneck neighbors were being "dickweeds."  I was impressed!
Thanks!
Yeah I wanted to halt that BS immediately and looks like I did just that 8)
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 01:55:47 PM
I'm about 600 words behind on my Japanese vocabulary.  That's going to take awhile. ::)
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 01:57:48 PM
I'm about 600 words behind on my Japanese vocabulary.  That's going to take awhile. ::)
That's your project ???
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 02:01:55 PM
It's more of a task.  :o    I'm supposed to study 4 hours a week, and haven't bothered in about 6 months.
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 02:05:59 PM
It's more of a task.  :o    I'm supposed to study 4 hours a week, and haven't bothered in about 6 months.
Oh so this isn't a college requirement course.. This is your own personal interest?
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 13, 2015, 02:12:30 PM
Oh definitely.  I study Japanese to keep my brain "sharp."  I haven't seen the inside of a college in 25 years. 8)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 13, 2015, 02:16:30 PM
Fridge in my office died over the weekend, luckily it was empty except for some soda, tested the compressor terminals and they seem fine, turns out its the starter PTC thing.  Crazy ceramic disk that lets power go to the starter coil for a few seconds had lost it's metal coating on one side.  Usually the disk falls apart from years of thermal cycling...

Manged to get some solder onto the bits of metal still on the surface, enough contact to get it working until the $10 part from Amazon arrives.
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Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2015, 02:44:52 PM
Fridge in my office died over the weekend, luckily it was empty except for some soda, tested the compressor terminals and they seem fine, turns out its the starter PTC thing.  Crazy ceramic disk that lets power go to the starter coil for a few seconds had lost it's metal coating on one side.  Usually the disk falls apart from years of thermal cycling...

Manged to get some solder onto the bits of metal still on the surface, enough contact to get it working until the $10 part from Amazon arrives.
Cool :o
I still have that 18000 BTU AC/16000 BTU Heater I pulled out from last year (because the compressor won't turn off when you plug it in) sitting outside under cover hoping one day I can get it fixed because I hate to just throw away a $460 unit :-\
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Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2015, 04:22:37 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 14, 2015, 04:35:35 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.

We have one of those for a few more weeks.  But she's my wife's sister, so she doesn't pay rent.  She does do the dishes though, which is nice.
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Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2015, 05:21:33 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.
We have one of those for a few more weeks.  But she's my wife's sister, so she doesn't pay rent.  She does do the dishes though, which is nice.
We have a spare bedroom that used to be our master bedroom till we built our 3rd bedroom, 2nd bath and deck addition back in 2009 and it's turned into our junk room now..
My wife was considering renting it out to one of our Spanish-speaking customers but I was against it cause we really didn't know anything about the guy in question, but then when I heard this Latina was looking for a place, I started to consider it but the wife said Hell no :P
So, the junk room it has remained.

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Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2015, 05:39:38 AM
Here's that 3rd bedroom, 2nd bath, and new deck addition video from 2009 for those interested..

https://www.youtube.com/v/yWXQch67tYw

Trying to speak some Spanish for the family in Mexico but failed miserably :P
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Post by: RoninFox on April 14, 2015, 06:55:05 AM
We almost moved in with my brother a couple years ago, but decided against it for work reasons. Would have been a more comfortable living situation though. We wound up moving into my sister-in-law's apartment in their spare bedroom, but my brother owned his own house and had a separate unit that we would have been renting from them. Our own bedroom, living room, dinette and kitchen, one full bath, we'd just share a front door access.
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Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2015, 07:09:03 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.

Yeah, this one is going to be long term. 18-24 years probably. And talk about lack of privacy!
Oh wow! :speechless:
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Post by: k1 on April 14, 2015, 10:15:01 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.

Yeah, this one is going to be long term. 18-24 years probably. And talk about lack of privacy!
Another kid?
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Post by: Pak-Man on April 14, 2015, 01:14:23 PM
Congratulations! Best to strike now while you still have all the crazy left from the first one!
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Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2015, 01:47:40 PM
Yup. Thanks.  It'll be good. Wish we had a bigger house, but they don't value seniority or talent here. Just one of the reasons we tried to leave!
Wow! Congrats (I think)..
That's one helluva long project for sure :o
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 14, 2015, 09:11:39 PM
I realized I never actually posted the results of my LED lamps.  They turned out pretty good I think.  More functional than aesthetically pleasing, but they aren't horrible.  Here's a couple pictures:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Light sticks.  I have them hooked up to a dimmer that has a remote.  Works pretty slick.  And the remote has a holder that I've attached to the wall, right above the light switch.  Here's a picture of them on, but my phone camera doesn't have the latitude to expose the hot spots on the wall properly.  I left the overhead light on for the sake of the picture.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Here's a couple examples of the kind of light they cast.  Much better than the ugly overhead.  Nice and soft, but on the floor so there's some definition and edging, especially when looking at someone on the couch.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I made a little one for my desk in our room too.  Here's a not-very-good picture of the LEDs themselves:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

So, they are awkward sticks.  The only thing I can think of to try and make them less awkward is to paint them white like the walls, so that they blend in a little.  I've had them for a while now so they've grown on me a bit the way they are, but you can get used to pretty much anything given enough time.  What do you guys think?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 14, 2015, 11:02:53 PM
Nice, I like them.  I would do something with the wood, either urethane or paint.
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 15, 2015, 04:24:37 AM
Here's that 3rd bedroom, 2nd bath, and new deck addition video from 2009 for those interested..

https://www.youtube.com/v/yWXQch67tYw

Trying to speak some Spanish for the family in Mexico but failed miserably :P

That looks really good!  How is it that you aren't fluent in Spanish by now? 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Miku Fan on April 15, 2015, 04:25:43 AM
Going to have to switch my office and my son's room around soon, and get a storage unit to put extra crates and furniture in as we're getting a new housemate starting in October.
As in roommate? Oh that sounds like fun :-\
My wife and I discussed that in the past and we eventually agreed it wouldn't be a good idea.. Loss of privacy for additional monthly income along with moving a bunch of shit out of the way, we decided against it.

Yeah, this one is going to be long term. 18-24 years probably. And talk about lack of privacy!

Congratulations!  A native-born Tennessean.  :highfive:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2015, 04:59:44 AM
Here's that 3rd bedroom, 2nd bath, and new deck addition video from 2009 for those interested..

https://www.youtube.com/v/yWXQch67tYw

Trying to speak some Spanish for the family in Mexico but failed miserably :P

That looks really good!  How is it that you aren't fluent in Spanish by now? 8)
Actually, I didn't speak a whole lot of Spanish in this video anyway, but I dunno.. Probably a combination of it not sinking in and laziness :-\
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 15, 2015, 06:05:41 AM
I don't think you qualify as lazy. You've got more construction videos than Bob Villa.  :highfive:   
 
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Post by: Sideswipe on April 15, 2015, 06:43:57 AM
Thats not saying much.   Have you ever seen Bob Villa actually build anything?  He just talks about what other people are doing in the background. 
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 15, 2015, 07:11:08 AM
 :speechless:
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Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2015, 07:14:38 AM
I don't think you qualify as lazy. You've got more construction videos than Bob Villa.  :highfive:   
Well that's true Thanks  :scared:
Thats not saying much.   Have you ever seen Bob Villa actually build anything?  He just talks about what other people are doing in the background. 
That's a very good point  :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 15, 2015, 08:03:14 AM
Thats not saying much.   Have you ever seen Bob Villa actually build anything?  He just talks about what other people are doing in the background.

When This Old House first started he used to actually do stuff, since the show was about how to fix up your house yourself.
Then the show switched to big projects done by contractors...
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Post by: RVR II on April 18, 2015, 01:21:56 PM
Our Whirlpool dishwasher we've had for over 10 years died for good last night.. Been keeping it going for the last 2+ years and spending over $200 replacing circuit boards and control panels but this time I have no clue what happened to it. :-\
Lowes had a Frigidaire on sale for $270 and with my veteran discount brought it down to $251 with tax. Get it home and installed by myself. Had to rig the waterline differently than it was meant to be run but it works. 1st load of dishes running now and it's time for a beer 8)
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Post by: Miku Fan on April 18, 2015, 02:07:32 PM
Man of many talents, RVR.
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Post by: RVR II on April 18, 2015, 02:18:11 PM
Man of many talents, RVR.
Just trying to save a buck then I wind up spending a fortune eventually :-[
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Post by: k1 on April 18, 2015, 07:23:09 PM
That's me. "Hey I can save a few bucks by just building/doing (whatever project) myself! Money is tight, so I'm gonna do that."  *Immediately screws it up beyond repair causing double the cost of having someone else do it right*
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Post by: RVR II on April 18, 2015, 07:59:52 PM
That's me. "Hey I can save a few bucks by just building/doing (whatever project) myself! Money is tight, so I'm gonna do that."  *Immediately screws it up beyond repair causing double the cost of having someone else do it right*
Sometimes I do get lucky and I'm like..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/OhHellsYeah.gif) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/02/OhHellsYeah.gif.html)
then there's times like this.. (http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/blowup.gif) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/02/blowup.gif.html)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 20, 2015, 11:48:31 PM
My current model project, 2 weeks in, lots of putty and sanding so far, just got the nacelles painted.  That's actually the parts I find fun, the frustration will come with the decals, there are hundreds, the entire thing is covered with them to replicate the aztec patterns and markings from the movie prop.

Nacelles dry fit on the pylons:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliant%20nacelles1.jpg)

Also have the upper "wing thing" mostly painted, just have to paint the saucer and then start on the decals.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 21, 2015, 11:08:38 AM
I've seen that called the "roll bar."

Yeah, it does look like a roll bar....

Building this has me thinking of the lousy positions for the torpedo launchers on most federation ships...  The forward launcher on the Reliant really needs 100% reliability of the torpedoes, one bad launch and there goes the bridge.
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Post by: RVR II on April 21, 2015, 11:11:10 AM
I wish I had the patience for building models like that but I don't..
Awesome work! :o
Are you gonna add any battle damage like in the Wrath of Khan??
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 21, 2015, 11:31:40 AM
I wish I had the patience for building models like that but I don't..
Awesome work! :o
Are you gonna add any battle damage like in the Wrath of Khan??

Perhaps he will unintentionally after having to deal with all those decals.
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Post by: RVR II on April 21, 2015, 11:34:47 AM
I wish I had the patience for building models like that but I don't..
Awesome work! :o
Are you gonna add any battle damage like in the Wrath of Khan??

Perhaps he will unintentionally after having to deal with all those decals.
Oh yeah... :speechless:
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 21, 2015, 11:37:03 AM
Are you gonna add any battle damage like in the Wrath of Khan??

No, getting battle damage to look good is pretty hard, I still occasionally work on my Constellation damaged by the doomsday machine, very slow going there...

Actually the decal set for the Reliant has a few that are not scaled correctly, but the ones in the supplemental set I have are correct, so I've thought about building it as the Saratoga from Star Trek IV.   But I'll probably just used the ones from the Lantree on the 4 that are the wrong size and use the Reliant ones everywhere else, even with 2X reading glasses I have trouble reading the name on those decals, so it will just be a dotted line when looking at it normally...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 21, 2015, 11:37:50 AM
Perhaps he will unintentionally after having to deal with all those decals.

I'm sure there will be considerable swearing involved, but the model will be safe.  ;D
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 21, 2015, 07:24:30 PM
Nacelles and torpedo launcher almost done, dry fit in place:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliant%20full%20dry%20fit%201.jpg)

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliant%20full%20dry%20fit%202.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on April 21, 2015, 08:31:25 PM
SWEEET!! :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 22, 2015, 12:16:00 AM
Do the Fed ships really have that horrible robin's egg blue on them? I see it on models and schematics all the time, never really see it on screen.

Yes, it's there on the studio models.  The Reliant is usually filmed pretty dark so you don't see it much, you see it more on the Enterprise refit in the brighter shots.  The Saratoga was the Reliant studio model with even brighter blues, I guess because that was filmed really dark against the whale probe.

Here's the 1701-A small studio model before it was sold at the Christie's Auction:

(http://www.mutara.net/Christies/detail%20models/Mini%20Enterprise%20A/552t.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 24, 2015, 08:26:05 PM
More progress on the painting.

Almost to the point where everything else will be colored by the decals.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantnearlypainted1.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantnearlypainted2.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2015, 08:34:21 PM
Awesome!! :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 26, 2015, 12:00:14 AM
Now I'm pretty sure I'm done painting and ready for decals, one more pass tomorrow night to check if there's any color I've forgotton, but then pretty much all the white areas will get covered with all the decals.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantreadyfordecals1.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantreadyfordecals2.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 26, 2015, 08:08:15 PM
Wow, that's much smaller than I was thinking. Is that the new Polar Lights one?

Yes, it's the 1:1000 scale that came out last fall (or late summer?).  They didn't start selling the aztec decals until January, I was waiting for them to show up on Amazon but they never did so I got them from starshipmodeller.biz
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Post by: RVR II on May 07, 2015, 07:57:31 PM
Had to fix my dryer, Again today..

https://www.youtube.com/v/j94iMt0-Aeg
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 10, 2015, 08:24:44 PM
Finally starting on the decals for the Reliant.

The first 5:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantfirstdecals.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 11, 2015, 08:25:22 PM
And the bottom aztecs are on:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantbottomaztecs.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on May 12, 2015, 03:41:03 AM
 :o Cool!
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Post by: BathTub on May 12, 2015, 05:56:42 PM
Wow that must have been aggravating to line up!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 12, 2015, 10:12:50 PM
Wow that must have been aggravating to line up!

Those were not too bad, each slice of the "pie" lines up with the grid lines on the model.

The top was worse, since this is a snap fit model the decals are designed to go on before certain parts, but if you are gluing and painting and filling in seams you've got to try and trim the decals to fit around those parts.

Also they didn't line up the red outlines with the "trench" like it is supposed to be, If I lined up the red lines the sides were off, so I went with getting the sides correct:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/relianttopaztecs.jpg)

I could paint grey up to the the red lines and fake it that way, or cut the red lines off and reposition them separate from the aztecs.  Or just leave it........

$25 just for the aztec decals, you'd think they would get them lined up with the physical model.  The instructions even have several incorrect numbers for what to use where.
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Post by: RVR II on May 13, 2015, 04:16:28 AM
Man thats looking awesome :o
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 13, 2015, 08:32:54 AM
You are building Benjamin Siskos Saratoga?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 13, 2015, 09:10:23 AM
You are building Benjamin Siskos Saratoga?

No, it's going to be the Reliant, then I'll have all the ships Khan took over in the same scale...

The aztec decals sheets do have the registry names/number for all the other Miranda class ships that have appeared on screen.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 13, 2015, 07:32:02 PM
Decided to paint the grey up to the red lines:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/relianttrenches.jpg)

The regular decals that come with the kit also have a set of red lines, I'll put those on top to cover up the paint that got on top of the aztec red lines.
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 14, 2015, 06:44:55 AM
Decided to paint the grey up to the red lines:

Probably the less annoying way to go.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 14, 2015, 08:03:18 AM
Decided to paint the grey up to the red lines:

Probably the less annoying way to go.

If you look at the studio model that is what they did at the front, the grey paint goes over the lip of the trench up to the red line, but only a little bit on the sides so mine will only be half right.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 14, 2015, 08:00:43 PM
A little more done.  The red lines on the regular decal sheet were thinner than the ones on the aztecs, so they are barely noticeable around where I painted the grey.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantphaserrectangles.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 15, 2015, 07:05:01 PM
Top is done, nacelles are done, just need to put all the decals around all the sides and glue the nacelles on, should be done by Sunday night:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/relianttopalmostdone.jpg)
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 15, 2015, 07:08:14 PM
Get the champagne bottle ready.
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Post by: RVR II on May 16, 2015, 08:24:10 AM
These pictures are awesome!
You should make a video(s) of your model collections sometime :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 16, 2015, 09:57:05 AM
These pictures are awesome!
You should make a video(s) of your model collections sometime :o

I still haven't picked up a decent video camera, when ever I've tried to use the ones I have they come out terrible.  Someday I might get around to 3D printing some moveable stands for the Botany Bay and Enterprise, I keep getting the idea to recreate the scene where the big E pulls up along side the Botany Bay, I could do that with stills animation style and use my SLR so wouldn't actually need a video camera.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 16, 2015, 09:15:38 PM
Reliant is 99.9% done, some of the stock decals are undersized but I used them anyway, didn't feel like wasting a sheet of decal paper (and waiting the 2 days it takes to make inkjet decals work).  So the registry numbers on the nacelles are a little small, and the emblems on the sides of the pylons are from the aztec sheet for the Majestic with the letters scratched up, they are so small you need a magnifying glass to read them anyway so it was more important to have the red stripes the correct size.

Waiting for some batteries to charge for my flash units to take better shots, in the mean time I've been playing with an LED spot light, I like the way this one came out:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/reliantdone1.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 16, 2015, 09:34:00 PM
Very nice! How big was the studio model for this, I wonder? 3 feet? 4?

I'd guess 4 feet across, going by the pictures of people working on it.

Can't seem to get links to images on Memory Alpha to work, about half way down this page are images of it being built:

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Miranda_class_model
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 17, 2015, 08:45:36 PM
In case anyone here hasn't seen them I posted more pictures of the model in the Star Trek thread.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 20, 2015, 10:49:04 AM
Finally hope to figure out what the scent of a passion flower is, everyone that has smelled the ones we have in the greenhouse says it's so familiar but no one can place it.  So, one opened today and I have all the instrumentation up and running.

The yellow fiber at the end of the metal wire is what grabs the scent, you then put that into another instrument to ID all the chemicals the fiber grabbed.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/greenhouse/scentsamplingpassionflower.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on May 20, 2015, 11:08:35 AM
Neat! Hope it doesn't smell like the flower that smells like death :gouge:
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 20, 2015, 11:34:40 AM
No, it's an odd mix of sweet and medicine like.  Like cough medicine, almost...
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Post by: RVR II on May 20, 2015, 11:35:32 AM
No, it's an odd mix of sweet and medicine like.  Like cough medicine, almost...
ooo purtyyy :P
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 20, 2015, 12:11:18 PM
The next step is this:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/greenhouse/scentanalysispassionflower.jpg)

And the major stuff in the scent is:

Methyl Benzoate
Methyl Cinnamate
Methyl Salicylate
Benzaldehyde

Minor components:

Benzyl Alcohol
Ocimene
Tridecane
Tetradecane
Cetane

The benzoate and benzaldehyde give it the medicine smell, the cinnamate and a few others give it the little bit of sweet smell.
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Post by: RVR II on May 20, 2015, 12:47:13 PM
Wow! That's a lot of equipment to smell a flower :o
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Post by: Variety of Cells on May 20, 2015, 01:02:57 PM
Wow! That's a lot of equipment to smell a flower :o

That's what I'd need to smell a flower, as I have no sense of smell. Think you can didgitize that and send it into my brain? 
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 20, 2015, 02:10:30 PM
Marty, you are a fucking mad scientist. 
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 30, 2015, 05:52:43 PM
Starting on my next ship, the Enterprise refit:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/refitstarting.jpg)

Didn't have to do much work on the seams for the secondary hull, it's hard to tell that secondary hull is made of 6 parts, they hid the seams in the grid lines pretty well, even where the pylons attach is hidden well.  But the top and bottom of the saucer section had a lot of flash and bad seams, took an evening of work to get a reasonably good looking seam there.

Not going to go too nuts with painting this one, it's mostly covered with decals just like the Reliant.  Actually I don't think I need to add any more white paint to the parts you see here, they might be ready for their clear parts and then decals...

Clear parts are already painted, but I may mess around with trying to add some green specs to the arboretum windows.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/refitclear1.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/refitclear2.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on May 30, 2015, 06:20:47 PM
Cool! Maybe Terran Empire paint schematic or was there a difference in paint scheme ???
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 30, 2015, 07:31:56 PM
It depends on if you go by "Mirror Mirror" or "In a Mirror Darkly".
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Post by: RVR II on May 30, 2015, 07:41:31 PM
It depends on if you go by "Mirror Mirror" or "In a Mirror Darkly".
which one looked better?
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Post by: Sideswipe on May 30, 2015, 07:48:27 PM
(http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/memory-gamma/images/8/87/NX_01_Mirror_Enterprise_by_MclatchyT.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090918051453)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 30, 2015, 08:24:45 PM
 I don't think there was ever a representation of the first movie Enterprise in the mirror universe.  Only one paint scheme I know of for that ship and that's what the decal set has.

 I do have a spare 1:1000 TOS Enterprise kit, that comes with all the parts and decals needed to make the ship into the first pilot or 2nd pilot / mirror universe ships.  I plan to make that one into the first pilot version eventually, doubt if I'll ever do one as the mirror universe.

By the time I'm done with the refit big E the 1:1000 Romulan ship should be out, that will be my next one, reviews of the preview kits are pretty good, looks like the first really accurate version of that ship.   All the new behind the scenes photos available now have let people really make accurate versions of these studio models that went missing 50 years ago...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 31, 2015, 09:24:11 PM
I hate the retroactive idea that the nacelles on the 1701-a had glowy sides.

The insides of both the refit, the reliant, and the -a did glow blue in the movies, outsides were black.  It was faint, with what seems like a black grill so you only see blue lines on the insides of them. 

I've seen people build TOS Enterprise models with lit up grills on the nacelles, that just looks completely wrong.  I did light the impulse engines in my big model, for some reason that doesn't look wrong even though they were just black painted squares on the show, I did use fine black grills over them so they look black when the lighting is off.

Edit:  Hope this link works, a screenshot from ROK, on the Refit they only lit up the blue grills when the warp engines were active, here's a screengrab right before the going into warp effect:

(http://www.ussenterprise.co.uk/enterprise/ent/twok/twok039.jpg)

(http://www.ussenterprise.co.uk/enterprise/ent/twok/twok040.jpg)


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Post by: Sideswipe on June 01, 2015, 11:48:55 AM
I think the glowing adds a nice bit of continuity.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 01, 2015, 12:24:23 PM
I think the glowing adds a nice bit of continuity.

When they added the grills to the insides of the warp engines after the 2nd pilot of the original series rumor has it Matt Jefferies wanted some kind of effect to show interaction between the nacelles, but for some reason they never put lighting behind those grills on the 11 foot model.   So when he designed the refit for the proposed Phase II TV series he added that back in, then that design was uses as a template for the movie ship.  I wish they would have stuck with his Phase II ship for the movies, a few people have scratch built accurate recreations of it and I like the look of it more than what they did for the movies.  If you search for "shaw phase II enterprise", his model is probably the closest to what we would have seen on TV if that project had gone ahead instead of the movies.
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Post by: Sideswipe on June 01, 2015, 01:37:24 PM
I prefer the version they ended up using, though it might have been cool to see the Phase 2 version for the refit since it looks more like the original ship and use the TMP version as 1701-A.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 01, 2015, 01:49:16 PM
I prefer the version they ended up using, though it might have been cool to see the Phase 2 version for the refit since it looks more like the original ship and use the TMP version as 1701-A.

Yes, it would have been better to stick the -A on from the beginning, If you compare the TOS ship with the movie refit side by side at the same scale there's just nothing left of the original, the saucer might look similar but it's a larger diameter with different curves.  There's just no way it's a "refit", it's an entirely new ship.  It also would have fit better with the weak premise that they were handing the big E over to a new crew in TMP, they could have used the small model of the Phase II in the background as the old Enterprise going into mothballs, but maybe it was missing by then since it took years to decide to do a series or the movie.
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Post by: BathTub on June 01, 2015, 08:45:49 PM
https://www.facebook.com/BathTubNZ/media_set?set=a.10204541867366524.1073741831.1228567733&type=3

I finished painting my Imperial Squadrons for Star Wars Armada. Onto the Rebels!

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11334194_10204541867526528_2785940000760877949_o.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/11161691_10204541867646531_5160217834873276312_o.jpg)
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11103220_10204541867886537_4437909425983599965_o.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtp1/t31.0-8/11270626_10204541867726533_9054265141912711941_o.jpg)
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/11221369_10204541868206545_2845986375922199020_o.jpg)
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Post by: BathTub on June 01, 2015, 08:49:47 PM
Here is picture from the game we had on Sunday before I had finished painting everything.

(https://igcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11274396_838563269571957_1695767964_n.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on June 01, 2015, 09:24:43 PM
Wow! That's Awesome! :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 02, 2015, 08:48:20 PM
Tried to get a hint of the arboretum behind the side windows, painted white on the back first, then used the tip of an exacto blade to scratch in some "plants", then covered the scratches with green paint.

Sort of works:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/refitarboretum.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2015, 03:52:11 AM
Nice! :o
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Post by: k1 on June 07, 2015, 11:00:55 AM
Got a vintage COPCO lettuce keeper.  Just need to find another & I'll build a Cambot.

There's one on eBay that isn't expensive, but the shipping cost is bonkers.  $11 seems a bit much.
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Post by: RVR II on June 07, 2015, 12:32:44 PM
Been busy backing up all my reauthored RiffTraxs to my hard drive..
After realizing I'm running out of shelf space and I have around 26 coverless cases cause our only DVD cover guy (Piobman) hasn't made any more covers in a few months, it was time to just rip them to a hard drive.. It seems I am one of the last ones that still use physical media :-[
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Post by: k1 on June 07, 2015, 01:38:33 PM
Been busy backing up all my reauthored RiffTraxs to my hard drive..
After realizing I'm running out of shelf space and I have around 26 coverless cases cause our only DVD cover guy (Piobman) hasn't made any more covers in a few months, it was time to just rip them to a hard drive.. It seems I am one of the last ones that still use physical media :-[

I stopped once I picked up a WDTV Live Hub. I loved it so much I grabbed a second one for our other TV. It handles just about any file format as well as full DVD backups.
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Post by: RVR II on June 07, 2015, 07:03:32 PM
Cool! :o
Looks Like I'm caught up; All RiffTraxs, RT Presents, and Live shows..
Almost a Full Terabyte of RiffTrax :speechless:
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Post by: k1 on June 11, 2015, 05:04:36 PM
Found another vintage lettuce keeper!

Going to be building a Cambot when I get some spare time!

Now I wait for that guy to make the Gypsy car seat replicas....
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Post by: RVR II on July 18, 2015, 11:19:44 AM
Rebuilt my Maytag Dryer..

https://www.youtube.com/v/poqyyST19AQ


And fixed my lawnmower..

https://www.youtube.com/v/63oGkmtEt-E
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Post by: Miku Fan on July 18, 2015, 03:10:17 PM
I've got a BM scheduled for 6:30 or so.  I'll let you all know how it goes.
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Post by: RVR II on July 18, 2015, 03:27:58 PM
I've got a BM scheduled for 6:30 or so.  I'll let you all know how it goes.
well just dont post a video of it.. :speechless:
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Post by: Miku Fan on July 18, 2015, 03:30:38 PM
I'm not that good with a cell phone.  Don't worry.  Even if I WAS that good with a cell phone, no need to worry.  8)
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Post by: RVR II on July 18, 2015, 03:33:37 PM
I'm not that good with a cell phone.  Don't worry.  Even if I WAS that good with a cell phone, no need to worry.  8)
whew  :speechless:
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Post by: soguru on July 18, 2015, 06:33:11 PM
I don't know if I talked about this in another thread, but about 2 weeks ago I did something I've wanted to do for a LONG time. I took the big step of basically moving my TV, my entertainment center and everything from one side of the room to the other. The two things holding me back from doing this was the fact the TV was mounted on the wall, and the fact that I didn't have a Coax cable long enough to reach. I REALLY wanted to rearrange things like this though because it would give me a LOT more room in my room.

Anyways, with the help of my dad, I got the TV down, put it back on the original base, put it back up on the entertainment center, put a screw in through a hole in the base so it wouldn't tip over ever, and nailed up a cable and got a coupling to connect two cables so I could put my modem, TV box and everything on the other side of my room. I am ever so glad I did all this, mostly because I have about 5-10 more square feet of room because of the way my room is laid out. If I wanted to I could host a small party in my room... yup, a party with me and no less than two extraordinarily gorgeous ladies, oh yeah.... speaking of, finding a date? That's my next project.
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Post by: Miku Fan on July 18, 2015, 07:29:01 PM
I'm not that good with a cell phone.  Don't worry.  Even if I WAS that good with a cell phone, no need to worry.  8)
whew  :speechless:


Everything came out just fine. ;D
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Post by: RVR II on July 18, 2015, 07:32:07 PM
I'm not that good with a cell phone.  Don't worry.  Even if I WAS that good with a cell phone, no need to worry.  8)
whew  :speechless:


Everything came out just fine. ;D
Not like a colon bulldozer..  :gouge:
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 11, 2015, 01:10:24 PM
I've tried using waterproof LED strips as replacements for dead fish tank lights but the silicone ends up getting colored and blocking the light.  Gets really bad on salt water tanks.

So I'm going to try glass tubing with regular LED strips inside them, with silicone caulk in the ends to make them water tight:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/fishtankLED1.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/fishtankLED2.jpg)
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Post by: BathTub on August 11, 2015, 04:09:04 PM
I finished up a few more Imperial Assault models.

IG88
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11825556_10204966868791294_2825297143699089129_n.jpg?oh=b38210a73039b72457e8885fb35875be&oe=56836139)
Chewie
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11218704_10204966869351308_6251345890308963911_n.jpg?oh=e1e05511c50a5f83153fbbdc0367eca9&oe=564846CC&__gda__=1446436058_18ae8e4c5d91c6567bcd761f0f63ac13)
Han Solo, my first 'commission' so to speak for a friend. If I did it for myself it would have been ANH Han rather than ESB Han.
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11855684_10204966868751293_3859001210415147000_n.jpg?oh=23cb1c40675516d6fdb86f05c3845b93&oe=567A01F6)
Gharkin, one of the player characters.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/11863425_10204966868951298_2170356284641181836_n.jpg?oh=5b992bf9c8a3c85f31e77bb67d2c49d6&oe=563A7BAA&__gda__=1451266211_9caeb0a139a6c051284d7d0b95d9315c)
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Post by: soguru on August 11, 2015, 11:35:29 PM
Very nice Bathtub! That sort of painting talent is something I've always kind of been in awe of. It must be very tedious yet very satisfying.  :)
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Post by: k1 on August 22, 2015, 10:09:18 AM
The kids finished their CamBot build! 
https://www.youtube.com/v/mVEeVXMlyNw
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Post by: RVR II on August 22, 2015, 10:26:48 AM
Next should be a Mike Nelson pinata (like Donald Trump) :o
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Post by: UncleDesIsBack on August 22, 2015, 01:19:33 PM
 :scared: :speechless:the...the ba...the bathroom.... :speechless: :'( :o
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Post by: soguru on August 22, 2015, 11:50:33 PM
Ughhh... best of luck to you with that Uncle Des.

I dunno if this counts as a project of any sort, but just struggling to pay down my credit cards a little bit. Obviously I'm not employed and the only money I get is the allowance from my parents so maybe it wasn't so wise for me to do that in the first place. oddly enough, I'm doing perfectly okay on my payments.
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Post by: RVR II on January 29, 2016, 10:09:55 AM
Just installed a new Digital HDTV antenna on my roof using one of my old satellite mounts. Had to fabricate the mount to work on the old satellite pole..
Ran the cable down an old unused gas vent to connect up to the cables in the attic.
Took me about an hour to complete and got between 27 and 31 channels total 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/y09FjGikHLw
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 30, 2016, 09:16:13 AM
If you go to antennaweb.org you can put in your address and it will tell you what directions the transmitters are and how far away.  Around Philly most stations broadcast from towers to the west of the city, and there are a few stations over in New Jersey.
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Post by: RVR II on January 30, 2016, 09:40:26 AM
If you go to antennaweb.org you can put in your address and it will tell you what directions the transmitters are and how far away.  Around Philly most stations broadcast from towers to the west of the city, and there are a few stations over in New Jersey.
It says I can get up to 37 channels in my area within 50 miles of me (most around 30 miles away)..
Angling my antenna 22 degrees seems to be the perfect angle to pick up a majority of the stations in my area (31 channels so far) with very little pixilation despite all the trees surrounding me :o
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Post by: Variety of Cells on February 21, 2016, 04:06:58 PM
Decided to take a wood turning class for fun.  First time using a lathe.  My project didn't turn out unite as expected, but i kinda like it.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/DanEcho1967/50cb4a576d65065df9462751afa735d5_zpsgrjgldzp.jpg)

I have to find out if I can get off work to take a class in segmented bowl turning next month.  I want to do more.

Not bad!  Especially considering the lathe you used was so rudimentary. 
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Post by: BathTub on February 21, 2016, 04:43:49 PM
Looks good.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on June 04, 2016, 02:01:42 PM
Bought a new wood, unfinished kitchen table and a shelf. Going to paint them along with this Kitchenett that I have. The top surfaces are going to be white, with a whitewashed effect, then sealed with a bunch of coats of a clear polycrylic. The legs / supports are going to be a slightly bluish green. Think I'm going to do the whitewash effect there too, let a little of the wood grain show through / give it a weathered look.

Bought the paint and the polycrylic today, but don't have time to start painting. Any advice for when I get a chance to start?  Going to sand down the pieces a bunch first. Any advice is appreciated.
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Post by: RVR II on June 04, 2016, 04:07:30 PM
Since evicting my psycho ex-friend, I've been busy with projects around my Mega Shed.. 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/rwUzBKDqJOs

https://www.youtube.com/v/fuB5EJAqGHs

And just finished this today..
https://www.youtube.com/v/Jt7-sRidr4o

I think that's all I'll do before our trip to Mexico in a week, plus my body aches big time from all the physical labor I've been dog the last few days so I think I'll take a break and concentrate on packing my suitcases  ;D
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 24, 2016, 04:14:40 PM
Today was a productive day at the new homestead.

Replaced the crappy kitchen faucet with a nicer one:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/faucet.jpg)

Add an arm deflector to the basement stairs, that railing was added to get the certificate of occupancy, it is nicer when carrying stuff going down but I have a massive bruise on my right bicep from hitting it when going up carrying a box:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/railguard.jpg)

I'll make something better someday but for now this will work, all I had to cut the wood was a saws-all so not the most precision cutting instrument.

What else....  Fixed the ceiling fan in the kitchen so that now works.  Got new deadbolts for the back door and basement door that are keyed the same.  Back door now latches and you can lock the deadbolt when it's latched, before you had to move the door out a little to get the deadbolt to go into it's hole.  Replaced a bunch of bad kitchen cabinet latches with new magnetic ones.  Got just about every light fixture switched over to LED bulbs.  Did some cleaning of the oven, it was a horrible mess, the light could barely shine through the glass cover and you could not see through the door window, at least I got the glass parts clean and most of the thick stuff taken care of.

And traced most of where the circuit breakers go.  Entire 2nd floor is on a single 15 amp breaker except the bathroom outlets.  I hope that will be enough, I plan to have my computer and home theater setup in those rooms.  I guess it should be fine, all of that stuff on at once shouldn't be anywhere near 1500 watts.

I've now used up all the Lowe's gift cards I got from people at work around $1100 in the last week.

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Post by: RVR II on December 24, 2016, 06:49:54 PM
Nice! I kind of miss doing projects like that :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 29, 2016, 10:42:54 AM
Replaced the old florescent tube light over the cook top with a nice LED one:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/LEDundercabinet.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on December 29, 2016, 11:03:24 AM
OOO I like that idea :o
I have a couple of those fluorescent bulbs I need to replace them with that..
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Post by: RVR II on December 29, 2016, 11:09:11 AM
I never posted my 60 foot concrete sidewalk I had done between my concrete driveway sitting area and my Mega-Shed for those interested..
https://www.youtube.com/v/2WEXwOlUASY
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 01, 2017, 06:34:00 PM
TV mounted in the kitchen.  Only other TV in the house is going to be the home theater room on the second floor.

It will be OTA and streaming, won't be getting a cable box for it.  With the little antenna from my portable TV it pulls in about 40 channels.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/KitchenTV.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on January 01, 2017, 08:49:55 PM
Nice! :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 05, 2017, 04:43:08 PM
Took the afternoon off to paint that horrible green room, I'll get some pictures tomorrow when it's dry, also got touch up paint custom made for the bedroom, seems to be matching well but tomorrow will tell.   Oh, went with a navy blue, might have gone a bit too dark but it's going to be the home theater room so it should be a dark color, we will see in the daylight tomorrow.

Comcast is coming tomorrow to hook up internet and TV, maybe I'll finally spend a night in the house I've had for 3+ weeks....
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 07, 2017, 07:24:32 PM
Got my computer moved over to the house so I can edit pictures, between being sick the week after Christmas and the weather today I'm going to have to work extra hard to get everything moved by the end of January.

Here's a pick of the new paint in the formally green room:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/blueroom.jpg)

I've now got to find wall mounts or shelves for my surround speakers.

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Post by: k1 on January 11, 2017, 07:40:04 AM
I like the color. Looks great!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 29, 2017, 04:20:48 PM
Don't know why I took a month to do it but I finally replaced the shower head in my bathroom.  Paid probably an extra $15 just to have one that matched the dark metal color of my fixtures.  The old one was using so much water I was running out of hot water in less than 10 minutes, and it was an annoyingly strong spray.  No flow control on the spigot, single handle that just does hot/cold mixing.  So with the new one I'm using probably 1/3 or 1/4 the amount of water, better spray pattern, and at the end of a 15 minute shower there is still plenty of hot water.

Oh, and here's a pic of the shelves I put in to hold my surround sound speakers, I looked for brackets but none I could find would work well with the 15 year old Sony speakers I have:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/speaker%20shelves.jpg)

Movies sound just like in the theater now.

And while I'm at it now that I'm done moving I actually have a living room:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/livingroomfurnished.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 08, 2017, 08:32:43 PM
 I was seeing if my antique Victrola had any problems after moving it, the reproducer needed some adjusting (tiny ball bearings that are a pain to move back into position), but after playing a few records the main spring came loose while I was winding it.

 So, dangerous scary work to wrangle it out of the can and replace the rivet that had tore out with a screw.  And even more scary work coiling it up to get it back in the can. 

 Managed to get it working again without getting sliced open, although I did have to jump away from it twice and let it flail about.  Would have made a funny video, but NSFW, way too many F-bombs screamed out.

An old picture of the top of it:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/victrola/victrolaspin3a.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2017, 04:00:05 AM
Been a while since checking out your updates..
Coming along very nice :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 19, 2017, 09:32:44 AM
After fixing the main spring I figured I should attempt to make the reproducer work properly, most of the tiny ball bearings had fallen out, so I found some on Amazon and put them in, now the almost 100 year old thing sounds pretty good.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/bearings%20for%20victrola.jpg)

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/reproducer.jpg)

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/SNGQNp2m-hM
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Post by: RVR II on February 19, 2017, 11:12:15 AM
Cool! I feel like dancing for some odd reason :P
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Post by: RobThom on February 19, 2017, 09:49:20 PM
Caulking

If there is a heck on earth,
for Zatan to peer and giggle?
Its caulking!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2017, 06:16:19 PM
Got my last 2 pre-existing plumbing type issues resolved, one of the bathroom sinks the stopper wouldn't come up far enough because the drain is in line with the bar that moves the stopper up and down, so some creative bending of the bar solved that.  And I got the shower diverter to stop leaking so much, finally was able to pull out the plastic slider with the rubber seal in it, the seal was fine but there was scale and/or corrosion making the area it slides over bumpy so the rubber couldn't lie flat.  Used some files to smooth out that area and now hardly any water comes out the spigot when the shower is running.

Fancy spigot would be hard to find and probably cost too much.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/shower.jpg)

Got a massive disc shelf from Best Buy, took an hour to put it together, so with all the shelves I already had I now have room for more discs...
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/discstorage.jpg)

Put a bird feeder in the back yard, hope it is out in the open enough that squirrels will not risk being seen by a hawk...
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/birdfeeder2.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2017, 06:37:38 PM
Nice! :o

I've been keeping myself occupied with my Mega-Shed..
Fixing several things that the psycho ex-friend left when he moved out like replacing 3 recessed lights he took, rewired the front porch light and hooked up a motion sensor flood light onto the front of my Mega-Shed, then installed a couple more cabinets above and next to my fridge I have over there, installed a door on the bathroom opening that he never installed, and installed a 8000btu AC/3850btu heat window unit.

I've had the water cut off over there since June of last year and when I turned it back on, I discovered the Glacier Bay shower handle has a leak that can't be found.. Probably frozen water cracked it inside that can't be seen. They don't offer a rebuild kit for it so I just wound up buying a Delta shower faucet handle to replace it.

For some reason the goof wired up the bathroom lights with the closet lights over there and the only switch is on the outside of the bathroom instead of inside so I still need to fix that issue.. With the door installed now, it makes it more of a priority to get that rearranged.

Customers have been coming in slowly but steadily since I got home last month so I figured I would take advantage of the opportunity to get these issues fixed but I really need to save money till I find a steady income :-\
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2017, 06:56:40 PM
For some reason the goof wired up the bathroom lights with the closet lights over there and the only switch is on the outside of the bathroom instead of inside so I still need to fix that issue.. With the door installed now, it makes it more of a priority to get that rearranged.

Ha, I thought only antique homes like mine had light switches on the outside of the doors...  The room I'm using for an office is that way.  Don't like it not so much because of the location of the switch since I'm leaving that door open all the time, but the ceiling light and an outlet are on that switch, and there's only one other outlet in that room.  Makes half the room useless if you want to plug stuff into an always live outlet.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2017, 06:59:01 PM
Oh, and are you fixing up the mega-shed to rent it out?  That would get you some extra income, if you want to deal with being a landlord again.......
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2017, 07:37:43 PM
For some reason the goof wired up the bathroom lights with the closet lights over there and the only switch is on the outside of the bathroom instead of inside so I still need to fix that issue.. With the door installed now, it makes it more of a priority to get that rearranged.

Ha, I thought only antique homes like mine had light switches on the outside of the doors...  The room I'm using for an office is that way.  Don't like it not so much because of the location of the switch since I'm leaving that door open all the time, but the ceiling light and an outlet are on that switch, and there's only one other outlet in that room.  Makes half the room useless if you want to plug stuff into an always live outlet.
I do seem to remember that bass-ackward arrangement :D
Oh, and are you fixing up the mega-shed to rent it out?  That would get you some extra income, if you want to deal with being a landlord again.......
I'm thinking seriously about it.. My parents are against the idea but like you said, that would bring in some steady and needed income.
I still need to really think about this though  :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2017, 08:30:25 PM
Oh, and are you fixing up the mega-shed to rent it out?  That would get you some extra income, if you want to deal with being a landlord again.......
I'm thinking seriously about it.. My parents are against the idea but like you said, that would bring in some steady and needed income.
I still need to really think about this though  :-\

Not sure there is a good way to be sure someone that moves in would be a good tenant, that would drive me crazy while looking at applicants.

Also, if you decide to downsize and move somewhere else it's harder to sell with a tenant already in place.
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Post by: RVR II on February 25, 2017, 05:15:42 AM
Oh, and are you fixing up the mega-shed to rent it out?  That would get you some extra income, if you want to deal with being a landlord again.......
I'm thinking seriously about it.. My parents are against the idea but like you said, that would bring in some steady and needed income.
I still need to really think about this though  :-\

Not sure there is a good way to be sure someone that moves in would be a good tenant, that would drive me crazy while looking at applicants.

Also, if you decide to downsize and move somewhere else it's harder to sell with a tenant already in place.
I'm thinking about a Latino customer or couple actually.. Someone that would keep a low profile, and they pay cash but again I just haven't decided..

Not considering moving out of my house. I've been here over 20 years now and don't see myself moving anywhere else.. unless I found a job that pays really well then moving might be an option :-\
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 12, 2017, 10:58:18 AM
Found a desk I liked for my computer/office room at office depot, and a new computer chair at staples:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/newchairanddesk.jpg)

Need some kind of storage for papers and computer cables and other stuff, really not sure what to get for that.  Been looking at those cube units that you can put bins into the cubes, but not sure I like the look of that.

Got my old reciever hooked up to the 2 speakers I kept, so I can play vinyl records again, and I hooked up my old phone to it for streaming, need to see if the samsung sync app will run on that phone so I could change streams/songs from my PC:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/phonoandphone.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on March 12, 2017, 11:31:31 AM
That's pretty cool :o

I've got like 8 or so filing cabinets plus plastic bins with drawers in my home office that I'm starting to empty out .. I may fill them with other things like cables as well or just get rid of them..
I haven't decided yet :-\
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 12, 2017, 03:15:06 PM
Yeah, what I'd like is something that looks like a chest of drawers but has a mix of regular drawers and a few filing cabinet drawers.  And can fit up the staircase I have.  Those 2 are probably mutually exclusive unless it comes as a kit I could build in the room.

And for my latest emergency project, vacuuming out the heavy layer of dust from the coils on my fridge I accidentally broke off a fan blade.  So, put a room fan blowing in there to keep the fridge running while I work on the fan.  First attempts as epoxying the blade back on failed.  Ended up using super glue and then the flat blade attachment on my soldering iron to melt the plastic, with a layer of epoxy over the seam as backup.  I can pull on the blade hard enough to flex the plastic without it coming off, so it should be good to go back in...

Oh, and that old phone will not run the app that lets me access the phone screen from my PC, bummer...
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Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2017, 01:49:37 PM
Finally replaced those rotten support beams on my front porch :highfive:
They were installed exactly 10 years ago and the so-called contractor that installed them told me they didn't make 2 x 12s 16 footers treated and I found them at Home Depot for around $60 dollars for 2 of them..
Black carpenter ants had made a huge nest in the rotten ones and was accelerating the rot.. If I hadn't replaced them soon, the whole front loft of my house could have collapsed :o
I can rest easy now that's done 8)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 19, 2017, 08:22:42 AM
Did you take any video of the project?

Was up at Microcenter to get a better wifi card for my PC and they had some refurbished UPS units for about half price, so picked up a large one that should keep my network running for many hours when the power goes out.  The inverter does waste a lot of the battery power, there's 180 watt-hours stored in them that in theory would run my modem and router for 9 hours, but it actually will only run them for about half that time.

Got my network all wall mounted on the basement stair wall, put the router up as high as it could go, the router and Vonage boxes I only wall mounted for the hell of it.  Well, really because I didn't feel like buying longer ethernet cables...

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/network.jpg)

And I replaced that fan in my fridge, the glue job I did was holding fine but there was a slight vibration from the unbalance caused by the glue, figured over years it would wear out the motor faster, so $11 to get a new one from amazon and it's running smoother than before I broke the old one.
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Post by: RVR II on March 19, 2017, 09:29:05 AM
Did you take any video of the project?

Yessir I did ;D

https://www.youtube.com/v/MJJbW0Lt7eM
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Post by: RVR II on March 19, 2017, 09:30:22 AM
I like what you did there with your wifi setup :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 19, 2017, 10:23:22 AM
Did you take any video of the project?
Yessir I did ;D

Wow, those boards really were about to fail.  Those ants were having a good time.


I like what you did there with your wifi setup :o

Getting the UPS has been messing with my head.  I'm now thinking about if the power goes out during the night or when I'm at work it will drain the battery when I'm not using it.  But even if nothing is plugged in the inverter still kicks in and would drain the battery in about 4 hours.  So I've just got to stop thinking about it.  Only way to have something like that as a storm backup would be to leave it off and remember to turn it on for a few hours a month to keep the batteries charged.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 19, 2017, 10:58:36 AM
Did you take any video of the project?
Yessir I did ;D

Wow, those boards really were about to fail.  Those ants were having a good time.

Big Time! I was calling my friend like every other day almost because of how bad they were getting.. Yeah those were black carpenter ants and they're just as bad as termites
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 19, 2017, 05:35:11 PM
Tonight I got a 6 cube storage unit and 6 bins from Target and put it all together.

So the 5 boxes of stuff in that corner of my computer room/office are now stored. 

Yesterday while up at Microcenter getting a new wifi card I went to the Homegoods next to it and found that cool chair in the clearance area.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/cube_storage.jpg)

Now just need a little 2 drawer filing cabinet for papers and I'll be done with that room, and done setting up the 2nd floor of my house.
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Post by: RVR II on March 20, 2017, 10:07:05 AM

Yesterday while up at Microcenter getting a new wifi card I went to the Homegoods next to it and found that cool chair in the clearance area.

Got a pic of that chair?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 20, 2017, 01:14:50 PM

Yesterday while up at Microcenter getting a new wifi card I went to the Homegoods next to it and found that cool chair in the clearance area.

Got a pic of that chair?

It's the wooden one at the writing desk.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 20, 2017, 01:35:06 PM

Yesterday while up at Microcenter getting a new wifi card I went to the Homegoods next to it and found that cool chair in the clearance area.

Got a pic of that chair?
It's the wooden one at the writing desk.
Oh the pic was cut off so it wasn't showing in the regular view :o
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Post by: RVR II on March 20, 2017, 01:48:26 PM
Some more videos of the work I've been doing at my Mega-Shed for those interested..

https://www.youtube.com/v/1an3rV7VhMI

https://www.youtube.com/v/fR-eLOQbeRY

https://www.youtube.com/v/X2mbc3kwzj8

https://www.youtube.com/v/iJrCE0B_mDY

https://www.youtube.com/v/BzD9IHE9b4o

https://www.youtube.com/v/4rLYKbeD7vQ

https://www.youtube.com/v/Vr2UcP8bZaE
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 20, 2017, 06:39:07 PM
Just a $3 flapper probably would have worked, unless the plastic lip around the hole is chipped or broken that black ring is not needed.  The flapper rubber simply loses it's elasticity sitting in water, and even faster if you use any cleaning products in the tank, even though it might feel rubbery it only takes a little stiffness to make it drip.  If you really want to check for even the smallest drip put some food coloring in the tank and look for any of it in the bowl a few hours later.

Glacier Bay must be a crappy company if they don't sell rebuild kits, you can still get rebuild kits for 40 year old Delta stuff.  Glad he didn't have to cut the water fittings, I was wondering if he would have had enough tubing to put new ones on, didn't look like there was any slack in those lines to pull more up?  The one handle valves sure are easier than the old 3 handle ones, when I redid my parents faucet in the late 90s it was a heck of a job, of course that was copper pipe that had to be soldered.
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Post by: RVR II on March 20, 2017, 06:54:10 PM
Just a $3 flapper probably would have worked, unless the plastic lip around the hole is chipped or broken that black ring is not needed.  The flapper rubber simply loses it's elasticity sitting in water, and even faster if you use any cleaning products in the tank, even though it might feel rubbery it only takes a little stiffness to make it drip.  If you really want to check for even the smallest drip put some food coloring in the tank and look for any of it in the bowl a few hours later.

Glacier Bay must be a crappy company if they don't sell rebuild kits, you can still get rebuild kits for 40 year old Delta stuff.  Glad he didn't have to cut the water fittings, I was wondering if he would have had enough tubing to put new ones on, didn't look like there was any slack in those lines to pull more up?  The one handle valves sure are easier than the old 3 handle ones, when I redid my parents faucet in the late 90s it was a heck of a job, of course that was copper pipe that had to be soldered.
I think the dipshit put an old flapper in there that wasn't made for that toilet and it was just a constant leak.. Pretty sure he was wasting as much water and electricity as he could cause he knew it was under my account.. Ok I'll try that leak test. Thanks

Yeah we were both pretty surprised about that. Even the guy at Home Depot couldn't find one so I just bought a Delta instead. Yeah He had second thoughts about that and was able to still use the original fittings and nope there was no slack left at all. I still have a 3 handle setup in my original bathroom and when we redid it back in 03 I believe, it was the same way; new copper tubing & soldering.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 20, 2017, 08:19:24 PM
I still have a 3 handle setup in my original bathroom and when we redid it back in 03 I believe, it was the same way; new copper tubing & soldering.

I have not worked with the plastic tubing, I guess I should read up on it since it's in the bathroom of my house, think the bathroom was redone in 05 or 06.  I guess they must have splice connectors to connect 2 sections of it if you have to cut it, just like the connectors you solder in for copper pipe.

When I redid my parents faucet the connections below were somewhat easy since they went into the unfinished basement and I had already cut those pipes to install valves for those lines going to the bathroom, but we didn't want to rip apart the wall for the pipe going up to the shower head.  So I had to get creative and file down the inside of a splice connector so it would slide an inch up the pipe, got the pipe from the faucet cut just right to match up, then after everything else was soldered slid the splice connector down and soldered it in place.
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Post by: RVR II on March 21, 2017, 04:42:54 AM
I still have a 3 handle setup in my original bathroom and when we redid it back in 03 I believe, it was the same way; new copper tubing & soldering.

I have not worked with the plastic tubing, I guess I should read up on it since it's in the bathroom of my house, think the bathroom was redone in 05 or 06.  I guess they must have splice connectors to connect 2 sections of it if you have to cut it, just like the connectors you solder in for copper pipe.

I think the flex tubing is used more now because of its ability to expand and not burst under extreme cold conditions. The connectors just slide in and a crimp ring holds it in place.
I was surprised the old connectors didn't leak when loosened and the new shower spigot was installed. :o Pretty impressive stuff.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 21, 2017, 06:47:06 AM
The real reason they use that plastic tubing is cost, it's cheaper than copper, and the labor costs are way lower, no more cutting, sanding, fluxing, soldering...  Even has labor cost savings over PVC since it can go around bends without needing to glue in a bunch of angle pieces.
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Post by: RVR II on March 21, 2017, 06:58:34 AM
The real reason they use that plastic tubing is cost, it's cheaper than copper, and the labor costs are way lower, no more cutting, sanding, fluxing, soldering...  Even has labor cost savings over PVC since it can go around bends without needing to glue in a bunch of angle pieces.
This is true, and will lower copper thefts as well (that's been a big issue around here over the years..) :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 23, 2017, 11:49:19 AM
Oh the crazy things I have to build at work...

The sample eject air on our big magnet was stuck open, and the only place I could find that can order the non-magnetic solenoid used in the thing at a reasonable price is in Ireland and it's not a stocked item that will take at least 5 weeks to get, so I rigged up some copper tubing to put a regular solenoid valve outside the magnetic field:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/nmr/NMRvalve.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on March 23, 2017, 11:52:28 AM
OSHA won't have any problem with this being a trip hazard right? :o
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Post by: RoninFox on March 23, 2017, 12:16:46 PM
Just put some railings around it, you'll be fine.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 23, 2017, 12:28:10 PM
Ha, that area is already marked for "authorized personnel only", and has plastic pylons with plastic chain around it the outer circle that people with pacemakers have to stay out of.
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Post by: RVR II on March 23, 2017, 12:43:19 PM
Ha, that area is already marked for "authorized personnel only", and has plastic pylons with plastic chain around it the outer circle that people with pacemakers have to stay out of.
Well then hope noone tries a workers comp scam then :P
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Post by: RVR II on March 30, 2017, 05:52:08 AM
Finally after more than 5 years I've finally bought the materials I need to build a 12 x 12 foot deck onto the back of my Mega-Shed.. Will start constructing it soon. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/rkSPzVkAFPg
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Post by: RVR II on April 12, 2017, 06:01:00 PM
FINALLY!! After 5 1/2 years the deck is being built! :highfive:
We're 2/3s of the way done 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/7H7k_JhOkE4
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 15, 2017, 11:04:52 AM
While testing out the air conditioning system in my house I noticed one of the air ducts wasn't working, finally went into the attic to investigate, the flexible duct was pulled from the vent piece.

What a messy little job getting it back on.  This high velocity system uses small 3 inch flexible ducts that have about an inch of insulation around them.  When the duct was torn free it unraveled the wire that keeps the thing from collapsing when it bends, so I had to trim back the insulation to get to an area where the wire was still integrated into the nylon? duct.  While cutting the pulled out wire a piece of it sprung back and scratched the back of my hand.  Nothing like cutting up fiberglass insulation above your head when you are sweating and bleeding...

Anyway, it's reconnected to the plastic vent and works just like all the others now.

I was hoping to be able to use the closets in the corners of the house to run network cable to rooms, but that isn't going to work, it's just roof over 2 of them, no part of the attic over those closets.  And the A/C ductwork blocks access to the walls I'd want to fish wires down into.  Only wall I could fish wires down into is one that would not be useful to have a network port on.  So, I'm stuck with wifi for the 2nd floor.  I could pretty easily fish a cable up to my media room, but I don't need high speed there for streaming, wifi is more than adequate for the roku and amazon boxes to work.

I did finally figure out the best arrangment of the 2 antennas for the new wifi card I got for my PC, so far I've been getting a fast enough connection to the router to actually use all of the speed I get from comcast.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/wifiant.jpg)


Got the 2nd battery for my lawn mower delivered this week, with the 2 large ones now and the smaller one I got with the trimmer I was able to mow and trim my entire yard yesterday.  But the back yard was still not filled in much so that might not continue to be the case.  When the batteries come out of the mower they are too hot to charge, and they take 2 hours to charge, so there is probably a 3 hour wait between when one drains and is charged up again. 
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Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2017, 11:44:06 AM
I may go back to wifi eventually at my place but with everything wired throughout my house, I just haven't had the need..

I still have landscapers I can call to take care of my yard needs 8)

My Mega Shed deck project has been on hold for the last couple of days as my friend Mike had other projects going on and has been dealing with some pain in his back.. Now it's Easter weekend and I doubt I'll hear from him till Monday :-\
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 16, 2017, 09:54:51 AM
I may go back to wifi eventually at my place but with everything wired throughout my house, I just haven't had the need..

Wired is way better so if you have no need for wifi there is no reason to even think about switching to it.  Of course a lot of devices these days are wifi only, only the most expensive streaming devices have an Ethernet port.

Quote
I still have landscapers I can call to take care of my yard needs 8)

I'll see how much of a pain it is this year doing it all myself, the money I spent on equipment would probably pay for 2-3 months of having someone come and do it.  At some point I'll be too old for that much exorcise but hopefully that is at least 10 years away...

Going to see how I'll need to set the thermostat for cooling today, there's a several degree difference between temperature on the first floor where the thermostat is and the second floor.  Looking like I'll have to set it to 72 to keep the second floor around 74 or 75.  I'll have to go through all the program set-points and adjust them accordingly.
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Post by: RVR II on April 19, 2017, 10:17:07 AM
Finished my deck a couple days ago 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/0wVg_qC13jc
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 23, 2017, 02:04:17 PM
Soooo I want this. Who wants to talk me out of it? 

(https://gameroomsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/GameRoomSolutions.com-Virtual-Pibcab-GRS.jpg)

https://gameroomsolutions.com/shop/mini-virtual-pinball-cabinet/
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 25, 2017, 03:13:08 PM
That little pinball thing looks like it would be a cool project.  Would need a little PC to put inside, with appropriate cooling fans.

Not sure what one would put it on that would make it a good height?   One of the old style TV/printer carts would work, I don't see many these days that tall.


Noticed this morning my front gutter was overflowing.  Got home from work and got the ladder out and about 8 feet on the downspout end was completely filled with sticks and pine needles.  At least it is the gutter over the front porch that I can reach with a normal stepladder.  Only issue is the big bush that is in front of the downspout, so I've got to clean it from the end with a stick and then from the middle.
 
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 25, 2017, 06:46:00 PM
I think it's meant to rest on a table, but I have some rolling drawers I'd put it on. I live in a tiny New York apartment though, so space isn't something I have a ton of, and is one of the bigger issues that gives me pause.

You're right about the computer. I'd have to buy another micro atx board and two monitors.  Going to price it out, but I'm thinking it'll run me around $600 or $700, depending on if I get the analog plunger and gyroscopes for tilting or not.
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Post by: RVR II on April 26, 2017, 02:20:13 PM
Finally replaced my driveway privacy fence gate after it was delayed for almost a year due to evicting my psycho ex-friend and then dealing with my wife's cancer, also jury duty has been canceled for the rest of the week so I went ahead and tackled this huge project by myself and it turned out pretty good :o
Hope this one lasts 10+ years..
https://www.youtube.com/v/AEbJ53VoGiw
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 01, 2017, 06:50:11 PM
I've been thinking about those wifi thermostats since buying the house, finally got one and installed it tonight.

Old programmable one was about an inch larger in both directions so had to do some painting before installing the new one.  Had to use a hair dryer to get 3 layers of paint on the wall quickly since it was dark red behind there and it was showing through the first 2 layers.

Probably would have stuck with the old one but I wanted one that would automatically switch between heating and cooling, the old thermostat had a lot of programmable options except that one...

So now I can change the temperature of my house from my phone no matter where I am, although I'm not sure if I'll ever use it.  But it does get the outside conditions through the internet, and it's easier to adjust the schedule using the website vs. the panel.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/newthermostat.jpg)

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Post by: RVR II on May 03, 2017, 01:14:10 PM
That looks pretty cool :o
I don't have central heat and air, only ac/heater combo window units in my house..
Would love to have it someday but last check it was gonna cost $5500 to $6000 dollars to have a 1.5 ton unit installed in my place so I doubt that will happen :-[
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 03, 2017, 07:40:11 PM
You get all your heat in the winter from windows units?  I don't think I've ever heard of that, at least outside of the deep south.

Talk about being lazy, I was upstairs on the computer last night and the room was getting a bit warm, instead of walking downstairs to turn the thermostat down I did it from the computer...
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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2017, 05:02:08 AM
You get all your heat in the winter from windows units?  I don't think I've ever heard of that, at least outside of the deep south.

Yep. They're pretty popular here for older homes like mine that don't have central heat & air, and no insulation in the walls (like mine).. So each room has it's own unit though I have bigger 220 volt AC/Heat window units for my living room and dining room..
Here's a couple videos I did installing 2 of them..
https://www.youtube.com/v/X2mbc3kwzj8
https://www.youtube.com/v/bjwXJp1x5Ro
And here's the Home Depot link with the specs..
http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-7-500-BTU-115-Volt-Window-Air-Conditioner-with-Cool-Heat-and-Remote-LW8016HR/206999028
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 04, 2017, 07:37:31 AM
I guess I'm curious as to what was used when the house was built, it never had a boiler or furnace for heat? 
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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2017, 07:53:15 AM
It originally had gas heat but there was no duct work to route the heat throughout the house so the former rental tenants used kerosene heaters in each room apparently.. Cause I can't get paint to stick to one ceiling at all.. paint just flakes off.
So within 1 year of moving in (1997) I removed the small electric hot water heater and gas heater and installed a 40 gallon hot water tank using the old gas line and installed 4 AC/heater window units in my house.
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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2017, 08:21:13 AM
Just finished adding the old pickets from my old driveway privacy gate to the back side of the new gate I installed last week.. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/3PbAQS7XktE
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 04, 2017, 08:51:07 AM
It originally had gas heat but there was no duct work to route the heat throughout the house so the former rental tenants used kerosene heaters in each room apparently.. Cause I can't get paint to stick to one ceiling at all.. paint just flakes off.

There were probably vents in the floors and walls for passive circulation back when it was built, it was common to simply heat the ground floor or basement and just let the heat rise through the house.   

My folks had a similar paint issue but it was some paint that was put on their house around 1960 that simply refuses to let any other paint stick to it, would stick for a while (year) and then start peeling.  You'd probably have to sand it and put a good primer on to then be able to paint normally.
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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2017, 09:30:23 AM
No there were no vents of any kind except in the back side of the heater between the living room and dining room and that was it to heat the whole house.

I tried primer and even sheetrock mud but nothing sticks to it..
Only options are to replace the sheetrock or just attach new sheetrock to the old sheetrock to cover it completely
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 04, 2017, 10:55:00 AM
I tried primer and even sheetrock mud but nothing sticks to it..
Only options are to replace the sheetrock or just attach new sheetrock to the old sheetrock to cover it completely

Just reading about saponification in old paint, once that happens the only solution is to remove the old paint.  Basically humidity coming from the wall is constantly releasing soap out of the old paint, so nothing stays stuck to it for long.

I guess adding a thin layer of sheetrock would be less messy than trying to remove all the old paint (and safer since there are probably layers of lead based paint on there).



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Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2017, 11:38:01 AM
I tried primer and even sheetrock mud but nothing sticks to it..
Only options are to replace the sheetrock or just attach new sheetrock to the old sheetrock to cover it completely

Just reading about saponification in old paint, once that happens the only solution is to remove the old paint.  Basically humidity coming from the wall is constantly releasing soap out of the old paint, so nothing stays stuck to it for long.

I guess adding a thin layer of sheetrock would be less messy than trying to remove all the old paint (and safer since there are probably layers of lead based paint on there).
Yeah I don't even want to think about ripping out the old sheetrock so just adding another layer (3/8 inch) to it would be much easier
Luckily there's 1938 1x4's (original ceiling before sheetrock was invented) behind the original layer of sheetrock so 1 5/8 long sheetrock screws should suffice
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 13, 2017, 11:59:23 AM
Ever since I installed the new kitchen faucet a few days after moving into this house I haven't been happy with how it sits, it would rock back and forth a little bit when moving the handles.  So, now that I have all my tools and can do a better job, today went to take it off and see what could be done about that.  And the hot water wouldn't turn off, so turned off the water to the house and took the valve apart and the washer was completely gone, luckily I had a pack of various washers and found one that fit, so I didn't have to go out just to get a washer.  Got that fixed and took the faucet off, there is a plastic part that holds a foam gasket to prevent water from going under the faucet, that was a little thicker than the bottom edge at the base of the faucet, and had little bumps in the middle.  Figured maybe it was the bumps making it rock, so sanded them off, better but still not good enough, so ended up not using that part, the faucet sits nice and flush with the stainless sink and doesn't rock at all when using the handles now.   How much water ever goes up onto the base of the faucet anyway to need a super seal there?

I guess you can't expect good engineering on a $140 faucet these days....

What I figured would be a 20 minute job turned into 2 hours...
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Post by: RVR II on May 13, 2017, 12:19:47 PM
Yeah I will read reviews next time I have to replace something like that (like I had to do with my shower spigot in my Mega-Shed shower) cause it seems you're paying for a name instead of quality these days :-\

Been doing some pressure washing this week:
https://www.youtube.com/v/UngPFfZCSjI

https://www.youtube.com/v/wmdzYj4Gl1g

https://www.youtube.com/v/rqwYHQVkFDU

https://www.youtube.com/v/kk4BMUuiBHE

https://www.youtube.com/v/Q7awmM6hU28
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 17, 2017, 04:17:11 PM
The drain for the air conditioning unit in my attic was just pooling water right up against the foundation, I guess it's been fine for the previous 10 years since the unit was installed but I think it's crazy to have water there.  Easiest fix I could think of was to put one of those downspout diverters under the pipe:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/ACcondensate.jpg)

Maybe someday I'll get the proper size elbow and a length of pipe to have it go farther out but this should do for now.
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Post by: RVR II on May 17, 2017, 04:21:54 PM
Yeah 90 degree elbow should do the trick there :o
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Post by: RVR II on May 21, 2017, 08:22:29 AM
Been a busy painting & staining weekend in my Mega Shed..
After spending a week patching holes with sheetrock mug and sanding, I painted the interior walls yesterday with left over paint from 2011 when the Mega Shed was built that my psycho ex-friend was supposed to do but never did.. The paint was still in good shape and mixed up quite well. I'm no expert at painting nor staining but overall everything turned out pretty good :o

https://www.youtube.com/v/vndQKBhl2uA

And today I stained all the cabinets that he was supposed to do as well..

https://www.youtube.com/v/-njx1VcpdNQ

I'm actually getting the Mega-Shed ready to possibly rent out to a long time friend and customer of ours by July 1 so I figured I'd better go ahead and get these projects done in case I find work and don't have the free time I have now at the moment..
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Post by: RVR II on May 27, 2017, 12:52:16 PM
Still busy inside my Mega Shed..

https://www.youtube.com/v/IeD0wf6jjBI

https://www.youtube.com/v/mkaklJGIH_4

https://www.youtube.com/v/onaDp3sTwi4
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 29, 2017, 04:44:29 PM
Last week there was a strong storm that blew rain onto the back of my house and quite a bit went down the basement stairs, so today I put some molding at the base of the door and filled in under the molding with weatherseal foam:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/basementdoor1.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/basementdoor2.jpg)
No light peaking through so it should be sealed well enough.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/basementdoor3.jpg)

For some reason the door strike was missing on the little bathroom behind the kitchen, so I finally remembered to get one when at Lowes, had to chisel a little bit to get it flush since the one that must have been on there before was smaller:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/doorstrike.jpg)

And finally I put new foam around my cook top, the old stuff was mostly gone and crumbs were collecting under the edge of the glass.  Couldn't find more compressible foam in black so this is temporary until I can find softer foam in black that will compress down and have the glass closer to the counter top.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/cooktopfoam.jpg)
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Post by: malmer on May 30, 2017, 05:49:18 AM
I will have to prepare myself for a huge test at work. It makes me a little nervous.
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Post by: BathTub on May 30, 2017, 07:43:53 PM
Finished my (first) Blood Bowl starter box finally! Just need to get photos taken, and see if the guy who commissioned it still wants it, as it's 5 months late.
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Post by: Imrahil on May 30, 2017, 10:51:25 PM
Summertime means school is ramping down (last faculty meeting tomorrow all day, bleh) so it's project season. I've already made a mug stand for my classroom (will post pics later when it's all done and decorated), put up a new light in the bathroom, and today I bought the stuff for fence #2 (fence #1 was last year).  Will update all of this shit later.
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Post by: BathTub on May 31, 2017, 03:27:39 PM
(https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18922628_10209543152395524_4894733623670489981_o.jpg?oh=69e77f95f7bf5cc72d72dcdcf07ea700&oe=59ACDC18)(https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18739157_10209543153315547_6641811388564648248_o.jpg?oh=75a8c69a69a23730c12dd23bd1caabfa&oe=59E9856D)(https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18768185_10209543150675481_2153794152806870836_o.jpg?oh=c6e852c067730d8aae7f6d3b14a6d8af&oe=599CCDFF)

Full Album (https://www.facebook.com/BathTubNZ/media_set?set=a.10209543117754658.1073741836.1228567733&type=3&pnref=story)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 31, 2017, 03:34:08 PM
Nice paint job(s).

Did the grass come with the kit or did you get the stuff model railroad people use?
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Post by: BathTub on May 31, 2017, 04:59:00 PM
Cheers. No, I bought a tub of stuff that I thought looked the closest in colour to the board.
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Post by: Imrahil on May 31, 2017, 06:11:29 PM
Wow, thought this was /r/minipainting.  Cool stuff!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 31, 2017, 07:16:14 PM
Just looked at some other pictures of that kit, those things are tiny, makes the paint job even more impressive.

My project this evening:  The metal tubes for the wires to these lights in my living room have been a minor annoyance since moving in, I've tried double sided tape but being round there's not a lot of area and they always pop free:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/livingroomlight1.jpg)


When I would occasionally remember I would look for some kind of bracket but never found the right size or something that looks good.  This evening I finally thought: "duh, I've got a 3D printer".  So took some measurements and half an hour later:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/livingroomlight2.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on June 05, 2017, 04:22:24 PM
So I had this large limb fall from my 80 year old Maple tree a couple weeks ago..
https://www.youtube.com/v/X_A_AZ9qqfM

Got lucky that it didn't cause any serious damage but it prompted me to cough up $800 and get it pruned before I had a serious insurance claim..
https://www.youtube.com/v/6SgWAGWzZnw
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Post by: k1 on June 05, 2017, 05:14:18 PM
Our oven died. I replaced the heating element in it. Nice to have a project that only involved slight aggravation.

Upcoming project for the summer: BUILDING GYPSY!  I managed to score a car seat for her & it should be arriving in the mail in a week or so!
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Post by: RVR II on June 05, 2017, 05:47:43 PM
BUILDING GYPSY! 
Sounds like a cool name for a grunge song >:D
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Post by: RVR II on June 25, 2017, 05:40:27 AM
Just finished a small roofing project atop my front porch this morning before it got hot 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/S3gYZCujmWI
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Post by: RVR II on June 26, 2017, 11:27:43 AM
A small project but a task none the less..
https://www.youtube.com/v/eZfioJbYjYQ
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Post by: RVR II on June 28, 2017, 06:38:23 AM
Finished up the trim work inside my Mega-Shed, and now it's ready to rent 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/mJTWlaEoiNU
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Post by: Imrahil on July 03, 2017, 08:18:12 PM
I built this fence earlier this summer.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4217/35039329796_7a76afcfc1_b.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2017, 08:41:27 PM
I built this fence earlier this summer.

Did you manage to trick anyone into whitewashing it for you?

Yesterday I finally fixed my doorbell.  The transformer must be hidden in the finished part of the basement ceiling so I just weakened the springs on the bell strikers and now have 2 tones for the front door and one for the back.
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Post by: Imrahil on July 03, 2017, 09:04:20 PM
Do people still whitewash fences?

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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2017, 09:18:46 PM
Do people still whitewash fences?

I don't know but I've heard it can be a really fun activity!
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Post by: Darth Geek on July 03, 2017, 09:49:29 PM
Finished up the trim work inside my Mega-Shed, and now it's ready to rent 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/mJTWlaEoiNU
I'm still waiting for the SyFy Channel movie MegaShark vs MegaShed
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Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2017, 05:28:47 AM
Finished up the trim work inside my Mega-Shed, and now it's ready to rent 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/mJTWlaEoiNU
I'm still waiting for the SyFy Channel movie MegaShark vs MegaShed
HA! Mega-Shark wouldn't stand a chance. ..
 Then again Hollywood  CGI could obliterate my Mega-Shed  :scared:
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Post by: SJP on July 06, 2017, 01:44:49 PM
So, I have two projects...no Mega Shed, but I do plan on doing some work in my garage...

When I moved into my house in 2014, the detached garage had insulation placed in between all the studs and ceiling beams, but was exposed...no wall or anything (considering some "vent holes" in the roof, I don't even want to know what previous owners were up to...), but rather than yank it all out, I do plan on putting up ultrathin plywood to finish it off, paint it, and then get myself some shelf space.  I know detached garages are usually more 'storage sheds' than a car hold, but the plan is to get cars in there eventually.  It's something I hope to get done over the summer before the twins get here, and hopefully won't be too big a project.

Now, for the other one, I could use some advice (I could post up a picture, but I currently don't have one)...so, due to the age of my house, it not only did not have forced air originally, it was never intended to have it (we have a unfinished half-crawl/half-slab with no space for vents), and for three years we have relied on open windows and electric baseboard heaters to keep ourselves from getting too put out.  However, the summer this year has been bad, and again, due to twins on the way, we decided to bite the bullet and put a system into the house.  The installer did a great job with it, finding a way to put the unit into what was being used for 'closet' space in our upstairs bungalow area, and the system is relatively quiet.  Keeps the house wonderfully cool, too.  But here's the rub...it's exposed and visible to anyone walking by, and on the one hand I would love to close it off to muffle what sound it has so that I can do my desktop recording (my studio is upstairs, near where the unit had to be installed, and I don't have much option to move it anywhere else), but I can't enclose it completely because it requires airflow.

The two best solutions I can think of involve two options:
1. Closet doors with slats in them that allow airflow, that open and click closed just like typical closet doors.  This would be the easiest method and most convenient from a building perspective, but the open doors would cause problems with furniture in the room and I don't know how much sound they could muffle.
2. Sliding doors that are solid, that allow access on one side or the other at one time.  This would probably muffle sound better, and the doorspace would be convenient, but I would have to leave a gap at the top or bottom for the airflow, and I don't know how to make a sliding door with a gap and have it work properly.  The only idea I had would be to have some sort of vent cover at the top that would act as a top rail.

It probably would help if I could supply pics when I can get them, but if anyone is a "hide the large and unsightly metal object" home improvement expert, I would greatly appreciate a tip or two.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 06, 2017, 01:51:37 PM
How about folding closet doors?

Edit: Looks like the official name for them is "bi-fold doors".

They use a track along the top of the opening, nothing on the bottom so you can have a gap there for airflow.

I've got them between 2 rooms in my house:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/greenroom.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2017, 02:00:33 PM
Yeah post some pics to get a better idea for suggestions.
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Post by: wihogfan on July 07, 2017, 07:00:02 AM
Got back into homebrewing a year ago after about a 10 year hiatus and quickly remembered that part of the reason I quit was that I hated bottling. So bought a keg and converted an old mini fridge that was collecting dust in the basement into a kegerator. It only has room for 1 keg at a time though and I've decided I want a multi-keg kegerator, so I'm patiently watching Craigslist for either an affordable used system that can be refurbished or a chest freezer that I can convert to a 3 or 4 keg kegerator.
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Post by: Imrahil on July 07, 2017, 02:14:15 PM
Nice. My brother has a kegerator. He used to brew all the time. Won some awards. He never does it anymore.
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Post by: Darth Geek on July 08, 2017, 09:11:39 AM
Nice. My brother has a kegerator. He used to brew all the time. Won some awards. He never does it anymore.
Kegerator sounds like a D list super-villain
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 08, 2017, 09:24:10 AM
Been trying out various stuff to make the marble counter top in my bathroom look better, previous owners made so many etch spots and etch squares from the bottoms of bottles.  Reading tips on various websites and someone mentioned paste car wax, and it worked pretty well, if you look at an angle the etch marks are noticeable but from most angles it looks a lot better now.

The only way to get rid of the etch is to sand it down and re-polish it, I'll only do that if someday I'm extremely bored and in need of a project...

Bottom line, if you want marble counter tops seal the crap out of them and maintain it, or else any liquid that is even slightly acidic will eat into it.  Or don't get polished marble, a matte finish wouldn't show the etches as much.
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Post by: Imrahil on July 15, 2017, 12:37:06 PM
Stained two closet doors and one of the shelves I built in April. Need to stain more today but I got food poisoning so leaving the bathroom is difficult.

Plus its raining and the humidity in the garage is such that drying is going to take forever
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Post by: SJP on July 17, 2017, 11:11:11 AM
Yeah post some pics to get a better idea for suggestions.

Good grief, it's been a week.  I will be posting photos of this soon, but I got caught up last week in another project that had to be finished (Furniture was to be delivered and I had an entire room to paint and clear out), but it's a good thing I held off anyway...the guys came back to do some more work and installed a huge 'muffler' thing to the unit.  It's even quieter now than it was, but I still need to find a way to hide it, and having the whole unit in place may make things a little easier to see.
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Post by: wihogfan on July 18, 2017, 08:12:04 PM
Kegerator 2 built and running. 3 faucets hooked up to 3 different corny kegs of homebrew. Ended up bigger than I was anticipating so the wife isn't thrilled, but it is only taking up space in the laundry room which required relocation of where we were storing things like dog food. Could fit a 4th keg but I only have 3. Might buy a 4th to fill and chill for when 1 goes empty, but don't plan on installing a 4th faucet. My woodworking skills aren't the best, but it's well insulated and I'm pretty happy with the results.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14218521@N08/36016958125/in/dateposted-public/
Bigger drip pan ordered from Amazon .
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Post by: RVR II on July 18, 2017, 09:24:48 PM
Kegerator 2 built and running. 3 faucets hooked up to 3 different corny kegs of homebrew. Ended up bigger than I was anticipating so the wife isn't thrilled, but it is only taking up space in the laundry room which required relocation of where we were storing things like dog food. Could fit a 4th keg but I only have 3. Might buy a 4th to fill and chill for when 1 goes empty, but don't plan on installing a 4th faucet. My woodworking skills aren't the best, but it's well insulated and I'm pretty happy with the results.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14218521@N08/36016958125/in/dateposted-public/
Bigger drip pan ordered from Amazon .
You should make a YouTube video on how you build one from start to finish :o
I have a 20 cu ft stand up freezer currently not in use that I've considered converting into a kegerator but I'm still undecided on that idea :-\
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Post by: wihogfan on July 19, 2017, 05:27:17 AM
There are a lot of different instructions and tutorials out there.
www.northernbrewer.com/learn/resources/how-to-build-a-keezer-or-freezer-kegerator

The downside of using a freezer is that you're using something that is intended to freeze to only refrigerate and thus need an external temperature controller that kills the power to the freezer when it hits a certain temperature and the turns the power back on when the temperature rises to a different set temperature and it can cause more wear than normal on the compressor. A key seems to be to set a wide enough temperature range (4 or 5 degrees difference) to limit that wear.
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Post by: RVR II on July 19, 2017, 06:00:54 AM
Yeah I've done some research on them in the past but never committed to converting my big freezer into a kegerator.. Not sure I would drink that much beer and I don't have a lot of people over to my place much anymore :-\
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 19, 2017, 06:26:19 AM
The downside of using a freezer is that you're using something that is intended to freeze to only refrigerate and thus need an external temperature controller that kills the power to the freezer when it hits a certain temperature and the turns the power back on when the temperature rises to a different set temperature and it can cause more wear than normal on the compressor. A key seems to be to set a wide enough temperature range (4 or 5 degrees difference) to limit that wear.

A lot of companies use the same thermostat for freezers and refrigerators, so you just have to find the adjustment screw to change the temperature range of the dial.  I've replaced a bunch of thermostats at work over the years and sometimes when I get ones for refrigerators they are set for freezers.   Some you just pull the dial off and the screw is inside the tube that holds the dial.  Last one I did was a pain since the adjustment screw was on the back, so had to remove a panel, make an adjustment, reinstall the panel, wait to see what temperature the fridge went to, and repeat until the middle number on the dial was 39°F.  I'm guessing that process on a box freezer with no fan to circulate the air would take much longer.
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Post by: wihogfan on July 19, 2017, 06:31:43 AM
I'll have to experiment with changing the thermostat settings.

A 20 cubic foot freezer would have been overkill for me too. The one I used was only 7 and I debated getting only a 5, but the difference in price between a 5 and 7 was minimal. Reason I wanted to upgrade to a bigger one was for some variety and to have an option (or options) for guests who don't like ales but like lager. Variety was the bigger reason though as I can't say I have people over more than a few times a year. Now I'm going to be interested to see how long beer will keep in keg because the keg of stout I just tapped that would normally have lasted a couple of months is now probably not going to be drained for 6.
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Post by: wihogfan on July 21, 2017, 05:26:19 PM
Researched adjusting the thermostat on the freezer I converted into a kegerator and it sounds like I got one of the few freezers where that isn't possible. Despite that, the external controller is working well once I figured out the correct setting. Thanks to my insulation job it only appears to runs about 10 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. I did put a computer fan inside it to circulate air constantly though, so that probably helps.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 22, 2017, 08:37:28 PM
 Since I haven't been able to find bookcases I liked that would fit the spot I wanted to put my books I gave up and went with the cube storage shelves.  I needed storage 3 feet high and 8 feet wide, got 2 3x2 units and 1 3x3 unit and put them together this evening.  So the last boxes I had from moving are finally unpacked.

Someday I'll find something that looks better, but this is better than a stack of boxes:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/books.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2017, 05:58:29 AM
Those actually don't look bad really :o
Maybe paint them red to match your decor..  :-\
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Post by: RVR II on August 23, 2017, 08:18:51 AM
Replaced my Mega-Shed ramp with stairs yesterday.. Our city is about to allow 'Accessory buildings' like my Mega-Shed to rent out in October if it meets the building codes and one thing not allowed is ramps so I had to install steps instead.
This project turned into a bigger deal than anticipated :o
https://www.youtube.com/v/lgh6N65Y8Q8
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 23, 2017, 10:25:28 AM
No ramps is a stupid law.

So if you want handicapped access you've got to have stairs and a ramp?  Or did they outlaw ramps preventing handicapped access?
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Post by: RVR II on August 23, 2017, 10:57:56 AM
No ramps is a stupid law.

So if you want handicapped access you've got to have stairs and a ramp?  Or did they outlaw ramps preventing handicapped access?
From what I was told, steps are required and a different style ramp would have to be constructed (specs unknown) so either way I wouldn't be able to keep this ramp if I wanted to rent it.. As a storage building (which was what I got a permit for originally) the ramp was allowed.
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Post by: RVR II on September 19, 2017, 07:34:32 AM
Pressure Washing! For 2 Days and I'm beat!
Started out going to my parent's place to get some of my wife's belongings that I held onto to try and sell over time and wound up bringing home a small plastic table, some shelves and a plastic park bench instead so I cleaned them up yesterday..
https://www.youtube.com/v/2adYZbOEYE8
https://www.youtube.com/v/q3-QSLELVlg
Went on to pressure wash the vinyl siding on my front porch to get the dirt and tape residue off from years of ads and flyers my late wife had taped to the front for customers to see and read (will upload that video tomorrow)
Then this morning I pressure washed my concrete driveway all the way to the street and my arms are like rubber now from the force of the water through the oscillating tip :speechless:
Working on that video now but probably won't upload it till Thursday at the earliest.
I need a break big time now :-[
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on September 19, 2017, 07:59:57 AM
I am still in the process of catching up on my 3+ years of backlogged Rifftrax.  The assembly process is done for most of them, so I am in the "watching" stage.  At the same time, I still have 19 more Rifftrax to assemble which are bottlenecked while waiting for the unriffed DVDs to arrive.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 04, 2017, 07:44:10 PM
Opened up my washer and dryer to see what shape they are in, dryer is in really good shape, added a little oil to the rollers and motor bearings, the gas solenoids and igniter look good, belt also looks good.

Washer has some drips inside after 2 loads, rusty drips, so the rear seal is leaking a little and rusting the bearing, will think about rebuilding that over the winter.  Or just get a new one since this model is prone to mildew unless you leave the door open to dry it out.

Between the 2 units there was only one remaining of the plastic thingies that go on the screws opposite the door hinges, so fired up FreeCAD and my 3D printer and made 3 replacements:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/washerdryerthings.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/washerdryerthings2.jpg)
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 05, 2017, 04:09:47 AM
I've worked through most of my Rifftrax backlog.  There are only 10 left (Astro Zombies, Death Promise, Godzilla, Breeders, Oblivion, Anaconda, and Mothra).  I'm waiting on DVDs to arrive from Netflix.  I know I really only need the DVDs for Mothra, Godzilla, and Anaconda, but I like to try and include the unriffed version when I can.  Astro Zombies I can't find, so might just forget about the unriffed thing if it doesn't arrive by the time I finish the other 9 projects.

All Rifftrax are on a DVD, which is then placed in a slimline case, and on to a special "Riffing" shelf containing all current MST3K box sets, the 4 Film Crew DVDs, the Cinematic Titanic releases, and all the Rhino single DVD episodes of MST3K.  When I finish this project, I'll have to post an image of the Riffing shelf.

Next up in the hopper is my project to reburn all the current Rifftrax DVDs onto laser printed labels (instead of just writing the name in Sharpie on a normal DVD-R).  Phase 1 is complete: all the labels are prepared.  My discs and my label printer are still being shipped.   The hard drive I need was shipped to my parents' house 500 miles away (my fault), so can't get that until I visit them in a month.
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Post by: RVR II on October 05, 2017, 04:51:18 AM
Opened up my washer and dryer to see what shape they are in, dryer is in really good shape, added a little oil to the rollers and motor bearings, the gas solenoids and igniter look good, belt also looks good.

Washer has some drips inside after 2 loads, rusty drips, so the rear seal is leaking a little and rusting the bearing, will think about rebuilding that over the winter.  Or just get a new one since this model is prone to mildew unless you leave the door open to dry it out.

Between the 2 units there was only one remaining of the plastic thingies that go on the screws opposite the door hinges, so fired up FreeCAD and my 3D printer and made 3 replacements:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
That's pretty cool you can just 'print out' replacement parts like that :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 05, 2017, 08:43:22 AM
Opened up my washer and dryer to see what shape they are in, dryer is in really good shape, added a little oil to the rollers and motor bearings, the gas solenoids and igniter look good, belt also looks good.

Washer has some drips inside after 2 loads, rusty drips, so the rear seal is leaking a little and rusting the bearing, will think about rebuilding that over the winter.  Or just get a new one since this model is prone to mildew unless you leave the door open to dry it out.

Between the 2 units there was only one remaining of the plastic thingies that go on the screws opposite the door hinges, so fired up FreeCAD and my 3D printer and made 3 replacements:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
That's pretty cool you can just 'print out' replacement parts like that :o

It does come in handy, those parts are probably available but it's more fun to print my own, and I've sometimes made parts for stuff you can't get replacements for, like a new clip for my cell phone belt holster when the only available replacement is to buy a new holster.

To replace the bearings and seals on the washer, and replace the rubber boot on the front that still has some stubborn mildew on it will run me around $150, and it will be a half day job it looks like from the videos I've watched.   Not sure it's worth it to spend that much money and time on a 10 year old washer.  But a new one like this one is $600, so maybe I will do the repair.  I like doing that kind of stuff anyway, just hope the bearings are not rusted in too badly.
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Post by: Imrahil on October 05, 2017, 09:33:25 AM
How do you know how to do all this shit?

I look at a washer and go, "It seems to be working...?"  or "There's 3 inches of water on my floor, something appears to be wrong."
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Post by: RVR II on October 05, 2017, 09:44:13 AM
I know nothing about those front end loading washers but I've fixed 2 different top loading washers by just trying to fix it my self, and fixed then rebuilt my dryer myself..
Watching YouTube videos helped a lot for me as well 8)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 05, 2017, 09:56:02 AM
How do you know how to do all this shit?

I look at a washer and go, "It seems to be working...?"  or "There's 3 inches of water on my floor, something appears to be wrong."

I grew up in a family that built their own houses, did all their own car maintenance, and some also did electronics repair.  So I learned it all from them while helping out as they built or fixed stuff.

The internet helps a lot these days, manuals and videos available so you know what to expect when considering a DIY repair.

Since I have no idea what condition the current bearings are in I just ordered a simple set with the bearings and the seals, and a new belt.  So only risking $50 if the old bearings are so rusted in the back of the washer tub will get damaged while taking them out.  If that project goes well I'll think about spending the $80 to replace the rubber boot that still has a slight mildew smell even after treating with bleach.  If it doesn't go well I'll be looking at new washers.

I know nothing about those front end loading washers but I've fixed 2 different top loading washers by just trying to fix it my self, and fixed then rebuilt my dryer myself..
Watching YouTube videos helped a lot for me as well 8)

The bearings are under way more stress in front loaders, I figured mine were going since it sounds like a jet engine when in the spin cycle, it's so loud you can't stand next to it without your ears hurting.

But without an agitator it's just a shaft with 2 bearings and a seal, but to get to it is way more complicated dealing with the rubber seals and boot that keep the water from going out the door.  Look up some videos on Maytag Neptune bearing replacement.

Dryers were new to me, never worked on them before, way more simple that I thought they were.
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Post by: RVR II on October 05, 2017, 10:00:56 AM
Look up some videos on Maytag Neptune bearing replacement.
Wholly :speechless:
Yeah those look challenging!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2017, 03:08:31 PM
About 3 hours of disassembly so far, most of that on the one bearing that is rusted in.  Having to resort to cutting it out with cutting disks, used all of mine up so have to go to Lowes and get more along with some grease and a new rotary wire brush.
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Post by: Russoguru on October 07, 2017, 03:15:55 PM
That sounds like a huge PITA Marty.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2017, 07:51:37 PM
It is a PITA but it's an $800 repair if you have someone do it, new washer is $600.....

Got the bearing out and new ones in, but the aluminum in the rubber seal area was so corroded the new seal wasn't very tight, so it runs quiet now but still a little drip.  Should have put some silicone caulk in there when I noticed the seal wasn't super tight but I thought once things were bolted together the rubber would press out against the corroded spots.

If the seal is not good the bearings will start rusting again, next time I do it I'll put some caulk in there, or buy a new washer...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2017, 08:45:17 PM
Pictures, spoilered because many:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: RVR II on October 07, 2017, 08:53:17 PM
Wow that looked like a job there :o
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Post by: Russoguru on October 08, 2017, 03:24:30 AM
Yeah, I personally lack the mental fitness and the energy to tackle such a huge project. Good job though Marty. :)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 08, 2017, 10:30:55 AM
Figured the best time to try and stop the leak was now, while all the grease is fresh and it would come apart easily.  So took it all apart again and put some silicone around the rubber seal.  Glad I did, looks like the seal got even more loose in there and was spinning a little.  Only took about a hour to do it, most of the 6 hours yesterday was spent on the bearings and cleaning.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 11, 2017, 05:13:24 AM
My new printer arrived yesterday.  It included a USB cable, which was ridiculously short.....  So I ordered a new one off Newegg.

In the mean time, I printed out my first labelled DVD.  It was really cool and looked a lot like any DVD you'd buy from a real company.  Well, it didn't have that glossy look and texture, but I'll take it.  I took a picture but didn't get around to uploading it anywhere.

It's a neat system.  There's this removable plate thingie.  You set the DVD in there, and slightly insert the tray into some sort of auxilary tray.
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Post by: Imrahil on October 12, 2017, 01:58:06 PM
Buy the glossy clearcoated ones, if you haven't. They hold the ink a lot better than the flat ones.

I used to love printing discs. Never have the time anymore.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 12, 2017, 06:24:50 PM
Buy the glossy clearcoated ones, if you haven't. They hold the ink a lot better than the flat ones.

I used to love printing discs. Never have the time anymore.

I thought about it, but when I priced it out, those were almost triple the cost.  The smearing isn't really a problem.  The ink is drying quickly.

But now my DVD burner is having trouble trying to burn to the labelled disc.  Which is very confusing because it burnt to the first disc just fine.  But now I am trying to burn Godzilla, Death Promise, and Deady Instinct..... It hung at 2% and has been there for 45 minutes.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 12, 2017, 06:46:15 PM
Buy the glossy clearcoated ones, if you haven't. They hold the ink a lot better than the flat ones.

I used to love printing discs. Never have the time anymore.

I thought about it, but when I priced it out, those were almost triple the cost.  The smearing isn't really a problem.  The ink is drying quickly.

But now my DVD burner is having trouble trying to burn to the labelled disc.  Which is very confusing because it burnt to the first disc just fine.  But now I am trying to burn Godzilla, Death Promise, and Deady Instinct..... It hung at 2% and has been there for 45 minutes.

Are you supposed to print them before burning?  I would think you'd want to do it the other way around.

Or your burner has lost power, when I used to burn a lot of discs I was always replacing drives, the higher power needed while burning wears out the laser faster.
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Post by: Imrahil on October 12, 2017, 07:18:44 PM
Buy the glossy clearcoated ones, if you haven't. They hold the ink a lot better than the flat ones.

I used to love printing discs. Never have the time anymore.

I thought about it, but when I priced it out, those were almost triple the cost.  The smearing isn't really a problem.  The ink is drying quickly.


It does dry out, and then it fades and bleeds over time due to humidity and such. Think "old tattoos."  But as you like.

And yes, Marty's got the right of it. Burn first, then print.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 13, 2017, 03:43:15 AM
Buy the glossy clearcoated ones, if you haven't. They hold the ink a lot better than the flat ones.

I used to love printing discs. Never have the time anymore.

I thought about it, but when I priced it out, those were almost triple the cost.  The smearing isn't really a problem.  The ink is drying quickly.

But now my DVD burner is having trouble trying to burn to the labelled disc.  Which is very confusing because it burnt to the first disc just fine.  But now I am trying to burn Godzilla, Death Promise, and Deady Instinct..... It hung at 2% and has been there for 45 minutes.

Are you supposed to print them before burning?  I would think you'd want to do it the other way around.

Or your burner has lost power, when I used to burn a lot of discs I was always replacing drives, the higher power needed while burning wears out the laser faster.

Ah crap.  I already printed off 20 labelled but blank discs.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 13, 2017, 04:24:04 AM
Burned the ISO onto an unlabelled disc.  It seemed to burn okay, and the disc was not empty (I couldn't burn it again), but the disc was devoid of contents (couldn't play on computer or DVD player).

I burned a different copy onto one of my older, non printable DVDs, and it worked fine.

What do you think?  Is the drive wearing out?  Did I get bad discs?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 13, 2017, 07:17:00 AM
If it worked on the old disc the laser must still have some life in it.

I guess if you try a few more printable discs and they don't work it's either a bad batch of discs or some incompatibility issue with your burner.  No way to tell unless you can test out some discs with a different burner.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 13, 2017, 07:23:50 AM
If it worked on the old disc the laser must still have some life in it.

I guess if you try a few more printable discs and they don't work it's either a bad batch of discs or some incompatibility issue with your burner.  No way to tell unless you can test out some discs with a different burner.

I can probably "rent" a DVD burner from Walmart (that is, use, keep the packaging, then return it later if it's still not burning right).
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Post by: k1 on October 14, 2017, 04:28:20 AM
Whenever I bought a spindle of blank cds or dvds there was always a few duds in the batch. Maybe you hit those for your pack?
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 14, 2017, 06:23:45 AM
I think I figured out what was happening with the DVDs.  I burn with DVD Decrypter, which hooks into Nero in a strange way that lets me continue to use it despite the trial license having expired like 10 years ago.  Anyway, DVD Decrypter defaults the burning speed to 16x, but it is adjustable.  I turned the speed down to 2x and have been able to burn 3 discs so far, with the labels already printed prior to burning.  It doesn't even take that much longer.... maybe 3 extra minutes per disc.  Granted that will add up when I have roughly 300 discs to burn.... but I'll take that hit in time to save money.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 14, 2017, 08:44:29 AM
That makes sense, if those printable disks are not as well balanced as a regular disk spinning at higher speed would cause more vibration, especially after printing if there is more ink on one side.
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Post by: RVR II on October 20, 2017, 05:21:32 AM
So the house next door to me has been getting renovated the last several months and I've had this leaning tree that was little by little becoming a threat of falling onto that house so first I stabilized it..
https://www.youtube.com/v/D7zujvvArzs

Then a friend of mine let me borrow his come-a-long cable winch to drag it down..
https://www.youtube.com/v/U1rskb-4ZfM
So the liability threat it posed has been eliminated 8)
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 20, 2017, 05:26:18 AM
Still progressing on my Rifftrax reorganization and relabelling project.  With the new 4 Tb hard drive in, I have enough space to keep the ISO files for everything.  But the ISOs for several older projects were lost in a hard drive failure many years ago.  I'd had a Carbonite backup for the most critical files, but those were too big to backup.  Besides, the burnt copies were my backups.  So now I'm creating new ISO files where necessary. 

Once that is done, I'll print out all the discs.

Finally, when the discs are all printed, I'll burn them.

Each of these tasks is small for each RT project, but the fact that I have to do each several hundred times is a drag.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 23, 2017, 01:49:47 AM
All my Rifftrax are ripped to ISO now, except for two.  Somehow the DVDs of Eragon and X-Men are damaged and only partially readable.  Couldn't rip them to ISO, so I have to start the reauthor again from scratch.  It looks like it's taking up 1.3 Tb total.

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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 24, 2017, 09:46:15 AM
My reauthored DVDs for X-Men, Carnival of Souls, and Eragon were somehow damaged or corrupted.  I couldn't rip them to ISO, or demultiplex them.  So I pretty much have to reauthor again from scratch.  Boo.

I'm printing off the disc labels, in alphabetical order.  I've made it partially through the "M" (I think the last one I printed was Mesa of Lost Women).  So far I'm doing okay on ink.  Burned through a whole yellow and cyan cartridge, but I have plenty of spares: 4 of each color (well.... 3 yellow and cyan now).
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 12, 2017, 10:56:53 AM
Leaves.  Endless leaves!

Makes me want to cut down all the stupid trees.    ;)
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Post by: RVR II on November 12, 2017, 11:02:19 AM
Leaves.  Endless leaves!

Makes me want to cut down all the stupid trees.    ;)
I'm about ready to call my Mexican landscaper friend to come blow them all to the street.. Maybe after Thanksgiving 8)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 12, 2017, 02:20:30 PM
Leaves.  Endless leaves!

Makes me want to cut down all the stupid trees.    ;)
I'm about ready to call my Mexican landscaper friend to come blow them all to the street.. Maybe after Thanksgiving 8)

My yard being a narrow rectangle makes it impossible to blow them to the street.  Well, not impossible but it would take forever.  So I blow them into piles and rake the piles onto a tarp and drag the tarp to the street.  I've got a pile probably 20 feet by 10 feet and 4 feet high by the road now and several trees still have a lot of leaves still on them.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 15, 2017, 07:25:01 PM
 I had purchased a strip of LED lighting a while back that I was going to use in my apartment but never did, finally found a place to use it in my house, for the stairs that have no light above them:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/stairlights.jpg)

And tonight I got an exercise bike and put it together, thought the display was DOA but opened it up and there was a connector half off, once plugged in properly it works fine.  Got to do something to make up for the exercise I was getting mowing the lawn, in the last month I've gained back the weight I lost the previous 2 months.  I had a lot of discover card cash back saved up so this only cost me $50.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/exbike.jpg)

Decided to get a bike that has programs, maybe that will get me to use it more, it works pretty nice, you set a program to go up and down hills and it changes the resistance as you go.
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Post by: Imrahil on November 15, 2017, 09:47:25 PM
I had purchased a strip of LED lighting a while back that I was going to use in my apartment but never did, finally found a place to use it in my house, for the stairs that have no light above them:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/stairlights.jpg)



This looks like a horror movie poster.
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Post by: Darth Geek on November 16, 2017, 07:16:26 AM
I had purchased a strip of LED lighting a while back that I was going to use in my apartment but never did, finally found a place to use it in my house, for the stairs that have no light above them:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/stairlights.jpg)



This looks like a horror movie poster.
I was thinking the same thing! That looks creepy as hell.
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Post by: RVR II on November 16, 2017, 08:50:13 AM
I had purchased a strip of LED lighting a while back that I was going to use in my apartment but never did, finally found a place to use it in my house, for the stairs that have no light above them:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/stairlights.jpg)



This looks like a horror movie poster.
I was thinking the same thing! That looks creepy as hell.
Watch out for snakes  :-X
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 22, 2017, 02:52:44 PM
The frame on this mirror was black with little areas of bare wood showing, I've been thinking about replacing it for months then thought about painting it.  Used my airbrush so it took 2 hours, but doing it that way retains all the crisp edges of the wood and there are no brush marks:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/bathmirror.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 08, 2017, 05:12:22 PM
Don't know why it took me almost a year to do this but I finally got around to installing an LED light over my kitchen sink.  Shorter version of the same light that I put over the cook-top back in January:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/sinklight.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on December 08, 2017, 11:02:17 PM
That's pretty nice! :o
I should look into doing that as well..
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 09, 2017, 01:38:40 PM
That's pretty nice! :o
I should look into doing that as well..

I had to buy a wired in version in order to get a switch on the light itself, all the plug in ones I could find had those crappy wheel switches on the cord.  So I got a cheap grounded extension cord and used that, worked out better that way anyway because I could use a small hole in the cabinet to fish the cord through before connecting it inside the light fixture:

I was going to wire it into the fixture over the cook top but since this light is over the sink I wanted GFI protection, so plugging it into this power strip I mounted last winter does that:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/lightcord.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on December 09, 2017, 01:45:11 PM
Hey it works.  8)

My 12yr old CCTV surveillance DVR completely died on me this morning so I found a decent replacement on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7WQPP8/ref=pe_2640190_232748420_TE_item
But I will have to run a 50ft HDMI & USB cable from the bedroom closet where everything is wired to my desk monitor..
I planned on replacing the entire setup with something more state of the art but this will do for a while.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 09, 2017, 02:31:41 PM
But I will have to run a 50ft HDMI & USB cable from the bedroom closet where everything is wired to my desk monitor..

I didn't know you could run HDMI that far?

I know you can't run USB that far, you have to get an extender, 2 boxes with cat5 Ethernet cable between them to get a usb port more than 10 feet.
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Post by: RVR II on December 09, 2017, 02:36:05 PM
But I will have to run a 50ft HDMI & USB cable from the bedroom closet where everything is wired to my desk monitor..

I didn't know you could run HDMI that far?

I know you can't run USB that far, you have to get an extender, 2 boxes with cat5 Ethernet cable between them to get a usb port more than 10 feet.
Here's the HDMI: https://www.ebay.com/itm/GOLD-50-Foot-50FT-HDMI-1-4-Cable-For-4K-3D-PS3-XBOX-LCD-Plasma-HDTV-1-300-SOLD/391913911650?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

& USB cable: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Importer520-50-Foot-Premium-Active-USB-2-0-Extender-Repeater-Extension-Ca/222727373588?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
They seem to work based on the feedback..
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 09, 2017, 03:10:24 PM
Ah, that USB cable has the circuitry from boxes I mentioned built into the cable.  Must be new, last time I needed to run USB between rooms was several years ago and the boxes were the only way.

FYI, wallmart has it for a few dollars less.

Can't find any specs but I doubt that cable would support full power USB, so it would be for data transfer only.  When I was looking at the boxes only the ones that had an extra power supply plugged in on the far end would have full power to run things. 
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Post by: RVR II on December 09, 2017, 03:23:39 PM
Ah, that USB cable has the circuitry from boxes I mentioned built into the cable.  Must be new, last time I needed to run USB between rooms was several years ago and the boxes were the only way.

FYI, wallmart has it for a few dollars less.

Can't find any specs but I doubt that cable would support full power USB, so it would be for data transfer only.  When I was looking at the boxes only the ones that had an extra power supply plugged in on the far end would have full power to run things.
OH?? Do you have a link to the Walmart one?
The USB will be for the mouse that works the DVR, nothing more.
My original DVR had a program where I could view my cameras on my computer monitor via the wired internet but these newer DVRs seem to only have software that works on your phone only, which is nice but I would like to have that option on my desktop..
So unless I reroute all my camera cables in the attic and drill new holes for them direct to my desk, it's just easier to run these cables from the closet to my desk
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 09, 2017, 03:39:00 PM
OH?? Do you have a link to the Walmart one?

I didn't see that it was a 3rd party seller before, but here's the link, looks like free shipping is pretty slow:

 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Importer520-50-Foot-Premium-Active-USB-2-0-Extender-Repeater-Extension-Cable-Built-in-signal-booster-chips-Supports-High-Speed-Data-Transfer-Rate-480/386939264?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4473&adid=22222222227125980799&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=235191076486&wl4=pla-388283133581&wl5=1024756&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113537598&wl11=online&wl12=386939264&wl13=&veh=sem

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Post by: RVR II on December 09, 2017, 03:53:45 PM
Found these instead:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/50-FT-HDMI-Cable-High-Speed-Premium-1-4-1080P-Male-HDTV-For-PS4-PS3-xBox-360-One-Nintendo-Switch-Wii-HDTV-Blu-Ray-LED-LCD-TV/127735937
&
https://www.walmart.com/ip/50FT-High-Speed-480Mbps-USB-2-0-Active-Repeater-M-F-Extension-Cable-Adapter-Cord-Kinect-PS3-Move-Compatible-Extension/180347472

Yeah still slow shipping but I'll get them before Dec. 19.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2017, 09:51:16 AM
I was worried about making things worse but went ahead and did something about all the etch marks on the marble counter top in my bathroom, got some 3000 grit sand paper and used my orbital sander to smooth out the dull etched depressions that were in the shapes of cup and bottle bottoms, then used polishing paste with the spent sandpaper to get the mirror finish back.

Most of the etch marks were in the front of the picture:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/marblesanded.jpg)

When I replace the faucets I'll do the entire top, the faucets have areas of corrosion on them where the protective coating has peeled off, and if you clean the corrosion you get spots of bright brass where the rest is dark oiled color brass.
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Post by: RVR II on December 16, 2017, 10:09:55 AM
That's neat you have a double sink :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2017, 10:31:05 AM
That's neat you have a double sink :o

Not then I need them....  At first I thought they were a bit small, but I got used to them pretty quickly.  The fact that they don't have overflows does bother me, but I've been so paranoid about it I hardly ever use the stoppers and fill them.  One thing I haven't gotten completely used to living in a 2 story house is having a bathroom where an overflow could ruin the ceiling below...
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Post by: RVR II on December 16, 2017, 12:17:28 PM
One thing I haven't gotten completely used to living in a 2 story house is having a bathroom where an overflow could ruin the ceiling below...
Yeah that's a big design flaw there..
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2017, 02:03:21 PM
One thing I haven't gotten completely used to living in a 2 story house is having a bathroom where an overflow could ruin the ceiling below...
Yeah that's a big design flaw there..

And since I'm the 2rd owner since it was remodeled I have no idea if the tile floor is well sealed or if a sink or toilet overflow would go right down into the kitchen ceiling and ruin the sheetrock.
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Post by: RVR II on December 19, 2017, 11:02:30 AM
So I got my CCTV system back up and running and ran the 50' HDMI & 50' USB cables run from the DVR in the closet to my desk and everything is working flawlessly again.
It's nice to have the exterior cameras on my 22" Vizio I was using for a 3rd monitor but is now a dedicated CCTV monitor as well as Digital Antenna TV for watching football 8)
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Post by: Darth Geek on December 19, 2017, 03:04:47 PM
So I got my CCTV system back up and running and ran the 50' HDMI & 50' USB cables run from the DVR in the closet to my desk and everything is working flawlessly again.
It's nice to have the exterior cameras on my 22" Vizio I was using for a 3rd monitor but is now a dedicated CCTV monitor as well as Digital Antenna TV for watching football 8)
I trust that when you turned it on, you said "CCTV is ON THE AIR!" and threw a TV out the window.
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Post by: RVR II on December 19, 2017, 10:44:59 PM
So I got my CCTV system back up and running and ran the 50' HDMI & 50' USB cables run from the DVR in the closet to my desk and everything is working flawlessly again.
It's nice to have the exterior cameras on my 22" Vizio I was using for a 3rd monitor but is now a dedicated CCTV monitor as well as Digital Antenna TV for watching football 8)
I trust that when you turned it on, you said "CCTV is ON THE AIR!" and threw a TV out the window.
:rimshot:
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 26, 2017, 01:59:57 PM
Took all day poking around and drilling and fishing wire but I got an ethernet cable up into my home theater room on the second floor, while I was at it I ran new coax for cable TV as well.   Ran the new coax because the old one took a weird route accross the basement, up the outside of the house and into the second floor there, cable was old and had a lot of splices so I figured it would eventually allow noise ingress and mess up my internet.

Was unable to find an easy path up to the attic so I couldn't get a cable into the room where I have my PC, so stuck with wifi in that room.  To get to my home theater room I was lucky that a closet in that room was over a closet on the first floor, so I was able to use them to run the wires up from the basement.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 27, 2017, 03:19:34 PM
Today's home improvement project was replacing the bathroom faucets and while they were off sanding and polishing the marble counter top.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/newfaucets.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on December 27, 2017, 03:34:59 PM
Nice! :o
Looks like a fancy hotel bathroom sink
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Post by: ManUnderMask on December 27, 2017, 03:39:57 PM
Nice! :o
Looks like a fancy hotel bathroom sink

And I've already stolen the towels and bathrobes.
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Post by: RVR II on December 27, 2017, 10:58:28 PM
Nice! :o
Looks like a fancy hotel bathroom sink

And I've already stolen the towels and bathrobes.
:D :D
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 30, 2017, 04:57:23 PM
Guess I need a humidifier for this house, it never got that bad last winter so I thought I could go without one this winter.  But it's down under 15% and that's too low.  I guess the people in the house before me had the windows open enough to build up humidity in the house and it didn't go away until I ran the air conditioner all summer.

Got a Honeywell one at Target for the bedroom, if that is not enough I'll have to get a big console one for the first floor.
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Post by: RVR II on December 31, 2017, 03:48:26 AM
Guess I need a humidifier for this house, it never got that bad last winter so I thought I could go without one this winter.  But it's down under 15% and that's too low.  I guess the people in the house before me had the windows open enough to build up humidity in the house and it didn't go away until I ran the air conditioner all summer.

Got a Honeywell one at Target for the bedroom, if that is not enough I'll have to get a big console one for the first floor.
I just put some of those on the shelves at my local Target but never thought about getting one :o
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 31, 2017, 09:43:10 AM
Guess I need a humidifier for this house, it never got that bad last winter so I thought I could go without one this winter.  But it's down under 15% and that's too low.  I guess the people in the house before me had the windows open enough to build up humidity in the house and it didn't go away until I ran the air conditioner all summer.

Got a Honeywell one at Target for the bedroom, if that is not enough I'll have to get a big console one for the first floor.
I just put some of those on the shelves at my local Target but never thought about getting one :o

I got the tall one that holds almost 2 gallons, a 1 gallon one would have run out last night, hopefully now the room is up to 30% it won't have to run all the time.  It was much better sleeping last night, didn't wake up with a dried out sore throat.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 29, 2018, 01:37:09 PM
Another crazy project at work, attempting to build a treadmill for baby turtles.  I've built some strange stuff for various biology lab projects but this one might be the most strange.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 04, 2018, 12:55:14 PM
I've been looking for months for a replacement for the ugly black halogen spotlight that was in the corner of my kitchen, wasn't seeing anything I liked.  Was in Home Depot today and noticed these hanging lights, and thought it might work well in place of the spot, and it does.  And it looks much nicer:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/newkitchenlight.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 10, 2018, 06:03:01 PM
See I got ceiling fans in every room of my house except the kitchen..
I still might install a small ceiling fan there :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 15, 2018, 12:10:31 PM
Ordering stuff on ebay is getting tricky at times..
I've ordered stuff for small projects recently and 2 times now they weren't the right size..
First time was a trailer hitch ball but the dimensions were not clearly labeled and of course it was the wrong size so I had to send it back..
This time I ordered a couple light bulb extensions for recessed lights on the headboard of my bed and they were actually for candle-style light bulbs instead so I just sent those back..
Decided to search around town for those light bulb extensions and surprisingly Ace Hardware didn't even carry them but a decorative lighting store near my house had them for $10 dollars a piece! I bit the bullet and bought the 2 I needed so I wouldn't have to search around again and Hope I wouldn't order the wrong ones yet again :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 15, 2018, 01:13:29 PM
Never seen a light bulb socket extender before, good to know those exist.

Looked on Amazon, there are 6 packs for $10, but if you want just 2 it's not much less than what you paid...
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 15, 2018, 03:20:09 PM
Never seen a light bulb socket extender before, good to know those exist.

Looked on Amazon, there are 6 packs for $10, but if you want just 2 it's not much less than what you paid...
Yeah I have a few recessed lights around here that have spiral bulbs but these 2 circular black lights have too short a neck and required extensions..
Here's the black lights I have:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZPS142/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Hate that I had to pay $10 a piece for the 2 extensions and I doubt I'll buy anymore anytime soon :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 19, 2018, 02:48:08 PM
Been busy playing catch-up on my DVD Shorts Volume discs the last couple days.. Haven't worked on them since my late wife got sick back in mid-2016 :-[
Got Volumes 29-32 covers printed (thanks to David for making those by the way) as well as Vol.30-32 discs burned and mp4's created, and finishing up the RiffTrax Presents Shorts Volumes 1-3 covers, mp4's, and discs 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 20, 2018, 04:39:14 PM
Another 70+ degree day so I took advantage of the warm temperatures to get a head start on some Spring cleaning and reorganizing in my house..
https://www.youtube.com/v/ZALYLkO3ibw
Still got a ways to go but the hard part is done.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 21, 2018, 07:02:09 AM
Part 2 was done this morning from 4:30am-6:30am :o
https://www.youtube.com/v/AUqemvvEb6c
Woke up at 2:30am and couldn't go back to sleep.. Now I'm tired :speechless:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 22, 2018, 09:09:39 AM
Had to break into my small SentrySafe because the solenoid apparently failed preventing it from unlocking..
What a POS this damn thing is! Took me around 15-20 minutes to break into it. All I wanted was to get a $25 dollar savings bond out of it and had to destroy it just to get to it.
We paid over $300 for it 11-12 years ago when we were making 10s of thousands of dollars. :-[
I'll post the video of me breaking into it to show just how cheap these safes are.. They're even easier to break into with an Earth magnet (only a matter of seconds).
These safes are made in the USA but that's an embarrassment IMO.. I do Not recommend anyone getting a SentrySafe at all!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 23, 2018, 02:21:25 PM
Had to break into my small SentrySafe because the solenoid apparently failed preventing it from unlocking..
What a POS this damn thing is! Took me around 15-20 minutes to break into it. All I wanted was to get a $25 dollar savings bond out of it and had to destroy it just to get to it.
We paid over $300 for it 11-12 years ago when we were making 10s of thousands of dollars. :-[
I'll post the video of me breaking into it to show just how cheap these safes are.. They're even easier to break into with an Earth magnet (only a matter of seconds).
These safes are made in the USA but that's an embarrassment IMO.. I do Not recommend anyone getting a SentrySafe at all!
https://www.youtube.com/v/nmEdD0_-hso
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2018, 11:40:28 AM
My living room ceiling fan died a few days ago and I could small burning electrical coming from it.. I have 3 identical 52" Harbor Breeze ceiling fans so I figured I would just swap out the ceiling fan from the spare room to replace the bad one in the living room.
Had a friend come over to help me swap them and discovered the capacitor in the bad living room ceiling fan had gotten so hot it was melted and that was causing the electrical smell.. In fact it was probably very close to catching on fire :scared:
Since that appears to be the issue and not a bad motor as initially thought, I found a replacement capacitor on ebay for less than $8 dollars with the exact microfarads (Red 5µF, Yellow 6.5µF, Purple 6.5µF) though the yellow and purple wires are reversed on the replacement capacitor (Red, Purple, Yellow) but from what I've researched, that shouldn't be a problem so long as they are the exact microfarads.
I'll install it once it arrives next week and see how it works.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2018, 12:13:01 PM
That is the part that tends to fail in ceiling fans, along with bad switches.

That is an odd mix of uF, hard to find, I found one on amazon but it was the same price $5 + $3 shipping.

I had a wall switch speed controller go bad when I first moved in, took a month for the burnt wire smell to go away from inside the wall.  I kept walking past and thinking the new switch was burning up...
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2018, 12:35:47 PM
That is the part that tends to fail in ceiling fans, along with bad switches.

That is an odd mix of uF, hard to find, I found one on amazon but it was the same price $5 + $3 shipping.

I had a wall switch speed controller go bad when I first moved in, took a month for the burnt wire smell to go away from inside the wall.  I kept walking past and thinking the new switch was burning up...
So I'm discovering.. If this works, I'll order 2 more for the other 2 ceiling fans as the dining room fan is starting to slow down a bit..
Here's what I ordered from ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motor-Capacitor-for-Harbor-Breeze-Ceiling-Fan-5uf-6-5uf-6-5uf-5-Wire-CBB61/162355747915?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
I think my wall switch may have an issue but is not burnt as far as I can tell but I am looking into possibly replacing the dimmer switches with regular on/off switches instead.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2018, 12:56:34 PM
That's the same one I found on Amazon.

If the other is slowing down the capacitor is probably going bad in that one as well.  It doesn't take much of a change to mess up the speed, those motors don't even run without the capacitor, the capacitance used changes the phasing of 2 coils to get the motor to turn at various speeds.

You don't run the fan on a light dimmer, do you?  The wall switches for fan control have the 2 larger capacitors in them, so you just leave the fan set on high and the wall switch kicks in the 2 other caps to lower the speed.  A light dimmer basically switches the power on and off very fast to change the brightness, that is bad for capacitors.

Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2018, 01:38:28 PM
The fan switch on the wall has 3 settings; slow medium, fast. I have the fan switch on the ceiling fan set to fast. The light switch has its own seperate dimable switch though the LED bulbs are not dimable..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2018, 02:56:50 PM
OK, then it was just a bad capacitor then.

I've got LED bulbs in mine also, I've tried various dimable LEDs but it's a crap shoot if they dim much.  No LEDs seem to dim down very far, seems like half way is typical, with some that might go down to 1/4 as bright, below that they just turn off.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 24, 2018, 03:05:50 PM
Definitely better buying a new capacitor than a whole new ceiling fan.

Yeah that's why I'm considering going back to regular switches because the LEDs flicker at certain positions on the dimable switches..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Russoguru on February 24, 2018, 06:28:03 PM
Less a project/task and more an exercise in going completely bonkers. I thought I lost one of my flash drives earlier and I totally lost it(mostly because my dad's accounting is backed up on it). My bipolar goes from a 7 to 10 depending on the time of day and my mood shifts so this incident just cranked my mania up to 11. Anyways I looked EVERYWHERE. I looked in the dresser in my closet, I looked in this little case I keep all my little stuff in, i looked in my drawer in the kitchen, in every drawer in my room, I looked everywhere I could possibly place a small silver rectangular object on which the stupid little plastic piece broke off so I can't attach a wrist strap to it anymore. Anyway, I finally realized... hey wait a minute... what's that plugged into my PS3? I realized I just transferred some Rifftrax shorts from my flash drive to my PS3 and I left it plugged in there. The only reason I could hardly see it is because the end is black and it's practically invisible against the black of the console unless 1) you're directly looking at it, and 2) WITH a flashlight. I felt so damn stupid.

Then I realized something else... the floor was wet. I realized in moving around the furniture near my fridge, I managed to accidentally unplug my fridge and barely noticed. Meanwhile, all the accumulated ice on the cooling element had already seeped out to the point where I needed to get a bath towel to dry everything up inside the fridge and on the floor.

This day sucked and I can't wait to put it behind me.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 25, 2018, 07:15:01 AM
Here's Part 1 of my ceiling fan issues..
https://www.youtube.com/v/BmnMlICTq38
Will do Part 2 when the replacement capacitor arrives 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 03, 2018, 06:21:49 AM
Capacitor arrived for that ceiling fan yesterday and got it wired in.. Next I'll remount the ceiling fan and test it out.

Also been wrapping up my Spring cleaning/rearranging my house project..
Got both office computers (my late wife's computer that was in the dining room, and the receptionist computer that was in my living room) both moved into my front room/office. Both are wired up on a switch and all the office supplies have been cluttered in there as well (still sorting through all that). All that's left is to move the 2 leather recliners my parents gave me a few years back out of my bedroom and into the living room, and then move the receptionist desk from the living room to the bedroom for the time being till I figure out what I'm gonna do with it; keep it or sell it.
The house looks a lot different than what I was used to the last 17 years.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 03, 2018, 01:59:11 PM
Yep that was it and it works like new again :highfive:
https://www.youtube.com/v/IU85fX_hH68
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 07, 2018, 09:34:00 AM
Replacing some of my original outdoor CCTV cameras with night vision/IR cameras.
https://www.youtube.com/v/6sP1wI78mxw
Replaced 2 so far but need to get 2- 25 feet extension cables to relocate 2 others to the front corner of my house; 1 to catch a blind spot in front of my house, the other to get a good front view of my Mega Shed/Tiny House..
I'm removing a couple cameras inside my house that were used when we had the small business taking up 3 rooms in my house but now it's consolidated into 1 room so a couple interior cameras are no longer needed and would be better served outside but don't feel like removing a bunch of wire nails in the attic just to re-route the 2 needed cables so getting the 25 foot extension cables for under $10 dollars will be much easier.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 09, 2018, 07:05:33 PM
The door to my attic is a size no one makes a good ladder for, so I went with lightweight one made for much smaller openings, it's not the most sturdy thing but it works.

Ended up taking way longer than expected to install, all to do with the door.  There were bits of an old (probably 1940) ladder bolted to the door, so had to remove those.  I needed to have the door open from a different direction because the way this ladder works it slides up onto the attic floor behind the opening, and behind the hinge side of the door was the chimney.  Because what ever was used for the old ladder relied on the door hinges for support they were carriage bolted in, and now that there is flooring put down I couldn't get to the other side, couldn't drill them out because they started spinning, so it was cutting wheel on the dremel time.  Because the door is large and the latch that comes with the ladder kit was plastic I put a screen door closer on to help take some of the weight off.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/atticladder1.jpg)


In the stowed postion, there is a rod with a hook you use to pull it down and is also used to rotate the latch on the door.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/atticladder2.jpg)
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/atticladder4.jpg)

The bolts I had to cut off:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/atticladder3.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 10, 2018, 01:09:02 AM
Wow that sounds like it was a task and a half :o
My house was built in 1938 and it only had a 2ft x 2ft opening in the walk-in closet.. I had an attic fan installed in that opening and a bigger opening created in the kitchen back in 1996 when I bought the house, then an actual attic door with folding ladder installed 10 years later when the kitchen was redone.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 10, 2018, 08:49:15 AM
I couldn't find a folding ladder for an opening less than 54 inches long, and most of them are 25 inches wide.  The opening I have is 43 inches long and 30 1/8 inches wide.  I could find a few 30 inches wide but still 54 inches long.  There are electical wires running on each end of the opening so making larger would be a pain, even without the wires it would still be a big job to add almost a foot to the opening.  This ladder is designed for a 20x24 inch opening, that's why it takes up floor space in the attic behind the opening.  I thought about mounting this ladder to the door, it would have worked and have been less of a hassle but those hinges I had to cut off were facing the wrong way, with the A/C unit next to the chimney if you climb up that way you would have to climb around the opening to get to the open area of the attic.

As you can see the high velocity A/C unit takes up most of the attic:
And there is the spring arm that helps pull the ladder up when you stow it:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/atticladder5.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 10, 2018, 09:07:43 AM
Yeah not worth modifying that opening just for a particular dimension attic door..

Wow that is a big AC unit :o
I may have to get something similar if I ever get Central Air/Gas Pack Heat installed in my house as I have very little crawl space under my house and any ventilation duct work would have to be run in the attic..
Though estimates for a 2 1/2 ton unit would be running around $6000 installed so that's obviously on the back-burner for the time being.. :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 10, 2018, 09:18:03 AM
The unit isn't that big, it's a small attic, house has only about 1000 square feet that needs cooling.

The high velocity is the way to go for an old house, the 4 inch round ducts don't take up much space, they just box off a little bit of the corner of an upstairs room to run the duct down to the first floor.  The way they hang the attic unit from the roof you don't hear any vibration even in the room directly under it.  And the high speed air takes moisture out faster than a normal unit hooked up to a hot air furnace.  But yeah, they are expensive.  But anything added to an old house is expensive...
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 10, 2018, 09:38:08 AM
That's about the size of my house before I added on the 300sq ft addition onto the back..
Ok I'll keep that high velocity style in mind for the future and yeah that's what I thought was the reasoning for it hanging like that so it wouldn't vibrate the house. Pretty cool setup :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 11, 2018, 11:06:58 AM
Ok I'll keep that high velocity style in mind for the future and yeah that's what I thought was the reasoning for it hanging like that so it wouldn't vibrate the house. Pretty cool setup :o

If you go with high velocity make sure you get a good installer, if they go cheap the system can be very loud, I was wondering why my attic is filled with long sections of 4 inch duct when the outlet was right next to the large duct.  The reason is each outlet needs to have the same length of duct, so if there are 15 foot lengths to reach the first floor there needs to be 15 feet coiled up for each outlet on the second floor.

For my 2nd project of the weekend, an easy one.

I got 2 of these solar LED motion sensing lights from Amazon, they light up the area really nicely when you walk near them:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/solarLEDs.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 11, 2018, 11:37:57 AM
Ok I'll note that down though my house is only 1 level.

I got one of these Sansi LED motion sensor lights (not solar powered) and they light up almost my entire driveway :o
https://www.amazon.com/Security-Incandescent-Equivalent-Waterproof-Floodlights/dp/B01MR6LLAI/ref=pd_sbs_60_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=884FRH8SAQGTHSDH7658
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 11, 2018, 02:44:29 PM
I can't really do that, the 3 floodlights on the house are on the same switch as the light inside the enclosed back entrance, I did put LED bulbs in them so the 3 floods that light up the back and side of the house where the driveway is don't use too much power.  I think with these solar powered ones from now on I won't have to leave those floods on when I go out.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 29, 2018, 07:04:46 PM
Got tired of the tinny sound of the TV in the kitchen so got a soundbar and installed it tonight:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/soundbar.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 30, 2018, 02:30:04 PM
My 'project' lately has been dealing with slack-ass tenants living in my Mega-Shed..
I rented it out to a couple back in November 2017 and things were going fine till the start of 2018.. Their car blew it's motor causing them both to lose their jobs in January. Then their car got repo'd the next month and then the guy's wife left soon after that. He has been either catching rides with shady characters or peddling on a bike trying to find work but couldn't find much other than a dishwasher at a restaurant. He was bothering me to take him here and there like to job interviews, to the grocery store, to pick up money being wired from a family member, etc and I put a stop to that. I'm the landlord, not a shuttle service..
The contract arrangement was $350 every 2 weeks for $700 per month includes power, water, internet, & digital antenna, as well as being furnished with a washer, dryer, fridge, microwave, convection oven, window AC/heater unit, and since January I've only received $360. Been told one sob story after another from him till I finally had enough and gave him till the end of the month to pack his stuff up and get out andFinally today his stuff has been moved out with help from some other shady characters after days of waiting.
I already have someone else lined up to move in right when tax season ends so that will help me out big time. He seems a lot more financially stable than this guy so it will be nice to have a steady flow of income till I can find a full time job.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 02, 2018, 04:19:01 PM
The freeloading tenant is gone for good!
Got the locks changed then pressure washed the Mega Shed back deck furniture..
https://www.youtube.com/v/OV3IASIdA8g
https://www.youtube.com/v/R8-GFapkLmc
https://www.youtube.com/v/-Ey_S5p5fIA

And also the coworker at Target came by and likes the place! He confirmed that he will be moving in on April 15.
Overall a busy productive day 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: kylemason on April 12, 2018, 12:35:29 AM
The freeloading tenant is gone for good!
Got the locks changed then pressure washed the Mega Shed back deck furniture..

And also the coworker at Target came by and likes the place! He confirmed that he will be moving in on April 15.
Overall a busy productive day 8)
Nice job!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 12, 2018, 08:18:20 AM
The freeloading tenant is gone for good!
Got the locks changed then pressure washed the Mega Shed back deck furniture..

And also the coworker at Target came by and likes the place! He confirmed that he will be moving in on April 15.
Overall a busy productive day 8)
Nice job!
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Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 09, 2018, 03:52:53 PM
Replaced the belt and idler pulley on my dryer.  Noticed they were somewhat worn out last year when I opened it up for inspection, same time I did the big bearing repair on the washer, kept meaning to order replacements from amazon but just never got around to it until now.  Also ordered a spare igniter and spare set of gas valve coils, pretty cheap and who knows how much life is left in the 11 year old ones that are in there now.  The rollers are in great shape so didn't bother replacing those.

Took less time than the load of wash I put in just before starting on the project.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 15, 2018, 08:04:10 AM
Not much of a project, but after months of looking at them after the 3 day outage earlier this year I finally settled on a DuroMax XP2000EH dual fuel unit, don't ever intend to run it off gasoline but it's nice that it can use both.  It should be able to run my fridge, my hot water heat, and other low power stuff like a laptop and TV.  And last overnight on one tank of propane.

I picked up an extension cord and a plug to make a cheater cord with plugs on both ends for running the heat, just have to be careful to make sure the breaker is off so if power comes back on it doesn't burn up the generator.

Ran a 1500W space heater off it for about 10 minutes to test it out.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/generator.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 16, 2018, 03:29:55 PM
Used about 10 pounds of 2 different types of Quickrete to fix the big cracks and holes in my back stairs, quick setting for the vertical holes and regular vinyl enhanced for the flat areas.
 
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/stairrepair.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on June 16, 2018, 05:27:23 PM
That's a great job there Marty :o
All my cracked sidewalks were covered over with stone back in 2007 but my front maple tree is cracking that now  :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 16, 2018, 06:39:22 PM
I did use a cold chisel to widen the cracks before filling in with quickrete, so hopefully it will last a while.

Mostly I want to keep water out of the cracks, if there is a huge downpour (more than 1 inch in an hour) there is a little water that has been making it into that corner of the basement, so hopefully those cracks were the cause and are sealed up now.
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wihogfan on June 18, 2018, 07:20:59 PM
I have a few driveway cracks I plan to attempt to fix as soon as the humidity drops (driveway half blacktopand half concrete)-just used roundup to kill the weeds that were growing out of some of those cracks, but will need to do some chiseling and digging those dead weeds out as prep work.

Really need to paint my backyard deck, but due to cost considerations will probably use the 2 gallons of high dollar stain I have left instead- works better than that Thompson water seal crap, but still only lasts about a year.
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wihogfan on June 30, 2018, 08:42:39 AM
Ice from ice maker that I installed in our new frig had a metallic taste-typical of a new ice maker, but taste didn't go away after 6 weeks or so, so installed an inline water filter this morning.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 02, 2018, 07:36:15 AM
Since my new GF arrived from Pittsburgh back on June 16, my house has been getting a new 'face lift'..
From cleaning to cooking amazing meals, we've been buying stuff needed for the transformation including a couple new area rugs, a 3 tier wire rack shelf for the kitchen, moving the old area rug from the dining room over the front utility room of the Mega Shed that's being rented from a Target coworker, and a lot more minor stuff..
It definitely has a new feel to it :)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 02, 2018, 02:13:57 PM
Yesterday I stapled 3 layers of that silver bubble-wrap type insulation to the backside of my attic door.  Just dropped it down and it's room temperature on the inside.  The area around the latch that I couldn't put the insulation was much hotter.  Not sure how much it will help with cooling in the summer but should make more of a difference in winter.
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wihogfan on July 03, 2018, 06:58:18 PM
My inline water filter ended up being a bigger pain in the ass than I was expecting. Cheap filter I bought on Amazon leaked. Replaced it with a 5 year $30 water filter from Lowes that doesn't leak.
Ice maker water drip tube inside the freezer on the fridge also froze solid when I had the water off in between filter replacement. After I thawed it, it had sprung a leak and started leaking water into the freezer. Another trio to Lowes and a 99 cent piece of vinyl tubing fixed the leak.
Took about 2 days of ice making for the ice to lose it's off taste, but all good now.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 04, 2018, 04:43:47 PM
Not much of a project but I used a curtain rod that was in my house when I moved in and built a bottle rocket launcher.  Worked great keeping all the sticks that fell in my back yard.

Launched them for an hour and barely made a dent in the 2 boxes I bought (144 in each box), so yeah, I bought way too many.  Wanted some that whistled and some that didn't, but both boxes whistle.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/bottlerocketlauncher.jpg)

Also filled a big pot with sand to put the fountains and roman candles in.

(well, that's strange, never had an image rotate like that before, if you right click and choose view it looks normal, weird)
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Post by: RVR II on July 07, 2018, 12:28:51 PM
Discovered a Yellow Jacket nest in a storage bin on my back deck this morning..
Took my GF to the airport and was pondering how to get rid of it. Stopped by my parent's place after leaving the airport and they had a hat with netting, a Tyvek body suit and 2 large cans of hornet spray :o
Got home and decked myself up in the suit including shoes and socks, as well as rubber gloves. Had a spray can in my left hand and my electric bug zapping racket in the other and went to war..
After a good 20-30 minutes, I knocked out a large percentage of the colony as it swarmed around me, enough to drag the storage bin to an open area and dump everything out to wipe out the nest.
It had been under construction for at least 2 years when a lot of my late wife's gazebo accessories were put in there.
Just a few stragglers flying around where the bin used to be that will scatter eventually though I will keep an eye on the area in the event they try to construct another nest 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 08, 2018, 02:38:43 AM
Discovered a Yellow Jacket nest in a storage bin on my back deck this morning..
Took my GF to the airport and was pondering how to get rid of it. Stopped by my parent's place after leaving the airport and they had a hat with netting, a Tyvek body suit and 2 large cans of hornet spray :o
Got home and decked myself up in the suit including shoes and socks, as well as rubber gloves. Had a spray can in my left hand and my electric bug zapping racket in the other and went to war..
After a good 20-30 minutes, I knocked out a large percentage of the colony as it swarmed around me, enough to drag the storage bin to an open area and dump everything out to wipe out the nest.
It had been under construction for at least 2 years when a lot of my late wife's gazebo accessories were put in there.
Just a few stragglers flying around where the bin used to be that will scatter eventually though I will keep an eye on the area in the event they try to construct another nest 8)
A bit of a long winded video but I got it done 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/rXtH5ffPC7M
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Post by: wihogfan on July 09, 2018, 08:34:23 PM
Only skimmed the video due to the length, but good job protecting yourself. So glad we don't have yellow jackets or hornets up here in Wisconsin.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 10, 2018, 02:03:57 PM
Web server at work died, it was very old, spent the entire day building a new one and moving files over, luckily the old drives were not working when under load but none of the data on them seemed to be corrupted, so I was able to transfer everything.  Now all my pictures are back working again...
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Post by: wihogfan on July 14, 2018, 07:57:43 PM
Had a list of a lot of minor projects I wanted to complete this weekend- repairing some furniture and a couple of loose boards on the fences and some broken concrete on the driveway, putting up a couple of hooks outside for the wife to hang flowers, killing some weeds, etc. But took the dogs to the park yesterday and it started raining- dogs didn't care about the rain, so we stayed after it started- old shoes I was wearing were worn and I ended up slipping and falling-think I bruised a couple of ribs- doesn't hurt to breath, so likely not broken or cracked, but hurts to move and had to sleep on my back last night and still very painful.
All I accomplished today was taking the dogs to the park again, putting back up a towel rack that had fallen and making a couple of batches of beer (which resulted in me lifting more weight than I probably should have lifted).
Thinking tomorrow is going to be a day of sitting on the couch and recovering like I probably should have done today.   
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Post by: RVR II on July 15, 2018, 02:35:42 AM
After 7 years I finally got insulation installed under my Mega Shed yesterday :highfive:
https://www.youtube.com/v/VhaLrScHCRs
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Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2018, 09:46:33 AM
On my way to Shelby, NC to pick up 5 vinyl replacement windows for my house.
Found the size I need; 32x62 white, double hung, with argon gas for $139 each which is a steal! They knocked off $50 for a Veteran discount and tax wiped out most of that for a grand total of $688 for all 5 :o
Next will be the process of installing them as well as putting insulation in the walls from the outside and replacing any rotten wood in the process..
That won't happen for a while yet but will happen sometime soon 8)
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Post by: Imrahil on July 17, 2018, 01:37:54 PM
This summer I've already updated some closet shelves (removed contact paper and painted, added face trim to the shelves so they don't have nasty unfinished mdf facing out), and build a semi-built in for my kids.

But this is my annual project week.  My wife and kids went to her family's lake house (I hate it) without me, so I have some time to work at home. 

HUGE project list; only some will get done.  In no particular order:

- I want to close up an extra doorway in my kids' room.  On one side I want to put "floating" shelves; on the other I want to build a small "mudroom" bench since it opens onto the front door. This may be beyond my abilities.  It really needs a "fake" wall put in (non-load bearing, but otherwise studs and drywall so I can attach beadboard and not have it warp).  Drywall shouldn't really need mudding and such, but it's still a PITA to get into the house. We'll see; I'd really like to at least get the wall in and do the floating shelves part.  I already did a semi-built-in set next to the boys' closet. They still need to have their room trim painted and that shelf needs to be leveled and tacked to the wall for stability, as well as having a final topcoat of paint applied.

- I'd also like to refinish my younger son's dresser to match my older son's, but that may also not be doable this time. Low-priority.

- I also have a fuckton of painting to do; ceiling in kitchen never got redone when we moved (they moved a bunch of stuff around so there are patches of mismatched paint--both color and tone--all over the ceiling).  Need to paint a bunch more trim and doors to finish off the move-in painting (just finished our second full year in the house, but literally every room in the house has been painted at this point).  I'm down to just the living room trim and the kitchen/garage door.

- I want to finish painting my classroom and move it for the schoolyear. Already done two walls.  Also resealed windows, found old storms and put them up to reduce heat/AC loss, recaulked individual windows to prevent moisture getting in, got a new projector screen and installed it.

- Would like to do a built-in pantry in the kitchen to match some cabinets that we had installed; this likewise may be beyond me right now. 

- I'd like to move our garage around to put some big shelves in a "utility room" so the crates in there can be more easily accessed (as it is now they're just stacked up and the ones on the bottom are not accessible).  I also want to get the workbench OUT of that room (it's too small to actually do projects in) and move it into the main garage, and move the deep freezer into there.  Would like to build more utility shelves too out of 2x4s.  The previous tenants drywalled and painted the garage, but they didn't prime it or use exterior paint so everything they did is flaking off disgustingly. That needs fixing.

- Need to power wash the back porch and front yard and clean out the gutters. One gutter is ripping off from the side of the house but maintenance is supposed to fix it (since it's their house).

Anyway, I'll only get a fraction of this done I'm sure.

Off to paint.

Oh, and I bought a PS4.

- Eventually I'd like to put some trim around our big living room picture window and install a chair rail on one wall in there.  So many projects...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 21, 2018, 11:04:07 AM
What I thought would be an easy job of cleaning the dust off the ceiling fan in the kitchen turned into an hour long project.

I had to fix the switch for the fan when I moved in but never looked at the blades.  When a duster did nothing I got the ladder and looked at them, each one was coated with some kind of sticky oily crud.  Tried Windex and that did nothing.  So, had to take the fan apart, pull each blade off and put it in the sink.  For each one I had to soak a sponge in dish washing detergent and scrub the hell out of the surface.  Then put it all back together.

Come to think of it, when I moved in I tried to clean the glass shades around each bulb and ended up putting them in the dishwasher because nothing I sprayed on worked.
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Post by: RVR II on July 21, 2018, 11:20:34 AM
What I thought would be an easy job of cleaning the dust off the ceiling fan in the kitchen turned into an hour long project.

I had to fix the switch for the fan when I moved in but never looked at the blades.  When a duster did nothing I got the ladder and looked at them, each one was coated with some kind of sticky oily crud.  Tried Windex and that did nothing.  So, had to take the fan apart, pull each blade off and put it in the sink.  For each one I had to soak a sponge in dish washing detergent and scrub the hell out of the surface.  Then put it all back together.

Come to think of it, when I moved in I tried to clean the glass shades around each bulb and ended up putting them in the dishwasher because nothing I sprayed on worked.
Oh wow I never heard of something like that before :o
Could it have been grease from the fan motor or something that coated the blades and light shades ???
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 21, 2018, 11:29:45 AM
What I thought would be an easy job of cleaning the dust off the ceiling fan in the kitchen turned into an hour long project.

I had to fix the switch for the fan when I moved in but never looked at the blades.  When a duster did nothing I got the ladder and looked at them, each one was coated with some kind of sticky oily crud.  Tried Windex and that did nothing.  So, had to take the fan apart, pull each blade off and put it in the sink.  For each one I had to soak a sponge in dish washing detergent and scrub the hell out of the surface.  Then put it all back together.

Come to think of it, when I moved in I tried to clean the glass shades around each bulb and ended up putting them in the dishwasher because nothing I sprayed on worked.
Oh wow I never heard of something like that before :o
Could it have been grease from the fan motor or something that coated the blades and light shades ???

No, not the fan motor, just grease from the kitchen, when I moved in I also had to spend an entire evening cleaning the oven, it was so covered with fat and grease that you couldn't see through the window, and you could hardly tell when the light bulb in there was on.  A lot of greasy stuff must have been cooked in that kitchen before I moved in.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 21, 2018, 12:31:02 PM
What I thought would be an easy job of cleaning the dust off the ceiling fan in the kitchen turned into an hour long project.

I had to fix the switch for the fan when I moved in but never looked at the blades.  When a duster did nothing I got the ladder and looked at them, each one was coated with some kind of sticky oily crud.  Tried Windex and that did nothing.  So, had to take the fan apart, pull each blade off and put it in the sink.  For each one I had to soak a sponge in dish washing detergent and scrub the hell out of the surface.  Then put it all back together.

Come to think of it, when I moved in I tried to clean the glass shades around each bulb and ended up putting them in the dishwasher because nothing I sprayed on worked.
Oh wow I never heard of something like that before :o
Could it have been grease from the fan motor or something that coated the blades and light shades ???

No, not the fan motor, just grease from the kitchen, when I moved in I also had to spend an entire evening cleaning the oven, it was so covered with fat and grease that you couldn't see through the window, and you could hardly tell when the light bulb in there was on.  A lot of greasy stuff must have been cooked in that kitchen before I moved in.
Oh I was thinking it was a ceiling fan in a living room, dining room, or bedroom - totally missed you said it was in the kitchen,but now I can see that happening over the years..
It's a wonder the previous owners are still alive and not dead from those greasy meals :speechless:
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Post by: wihogfan on July 25, 2018, 08:53:08 AM
Another minor project- took apart and cleaned an old vacuum cleaner.
Wife had gotten a deal a few years ago for an overpriced Dyson bag-less vacuum- she got it for half price. After about 3 months despite what they advertise, it lost all suction. I took it apart and cleaned it, but still didn't vacuum well.
Fortunately the store she got it from at the time had a very generous return policy and she returned it and got a bag-less Shark vacuum. It cleaned better than the Dyson ever did, but after about 6 months it lost all suction just like the Dyson. I had had enough of bag-less vacuums at that point, so I bought a cheap Panasonic bag vacuum off Amazon for $80. It worked great for the last couple of years, but the motor burned out last week.
Really didn't want to spend the money on a new vacuum, so I pulled the Shark out of the basement, took it apart, cleaned it, and it's working as good as new. Was extremely easy to take apart- far easier than I remember the Dyson being. I still don't like the bag-less-ness of it as the container on it is pretty small and it has to be emptied after every room (2 of our 3 dogs shed, so always lots of dog hair).   
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Post by: RVR II on August 17, 2018, 01:31:15 AM
Going into my attic to start removing stuff like furniture items from years past.
Stuff like bed frames, end tables, lamps, etc from my late wife's family to donate as it's just taking up too much space up there and I'll never use again.
I'll probably put some more scrap plywood up there to use as flooring to keep from sticking my feet through the ceiling and to shuffle stuff around on.. Already have a lot of scrap plywood down already and with the removal of those old furniture items, that will clear out some space to put down more plywood in the meantime.
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Post by: RVR II on August 26, 2018, 03:43:46 AM
Got a new set of tires on my Sienna.. Before I start work at the Post Office 8)
https://www.youtube.com/v/oU_TJ8Yj9R8

Picked up a sectional sofa from Habitat for Humanity for my Mega Shed when the tenant moves out next month..
https://www.youtube.com/v/mJb0akJsrIo

And troubleshot my Maytag washing machine..
https://www.youtube.com/v/vX7oPknalFs
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 26, 2018, 07:35:03 AM
Belts still seem to have too much slack to me.  Usually there is a pivot on the motor to make the main drum belt tight, and then you adjust the water pump (you start with the water pump in the loose position).

Unless the motor is on a pivot with a spring, you shouldn't be able to get a belt on or off without loosening a bolt somewhere to move the pulley.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 26, 2018, 07:41:34 AM
Belts still seem to have too much slack to me.  Usually there is a pivot on the motor to make the main drum belt tight, and then you adjust the water pump (you start with the water pump in the loose position).

Unless the motor is on a pivot with a spring, you shouldn't be able to get a belt on or off without loosening a bolt somewhere to move the pulley.
Yeah I agree. Not sure how to take out any more slack other than modifying the water pump mount..
I'll keep a tab on this and if I have to modify the water pump mount holes, I will.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 26, 2018, 09:27:06 AM
Belts still seem to have too much slack to me.  Usually there is a pivot on the motor to make the main drum belt tight, and then you adjust the water pump (you start with the water pump in the loose position).

Unless the motor is on a pivot with a spring, you shouldn't be able to get a belt on or off without loosening a bolt somewhere to move the pulley.
Yeah I agree. Not sure how to take out any more slack other than modifying the water pump mount..
I'll keep a tab on this and if I have to modify the water pump mount holes, I will.

I was really thinking of the belt for the drum, that looks way too loose on the motor side.

There is no bolt to pivot the motor?  That how it is on my Maytag, but it only has one belt, the pump has it's own motor.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 26, 2018, 09:30:27 AM
My own mini project, went to trim the bushes by the road so I could see when coming out of my driveway and the ground fault outlet on the front porch blew out.  So had to make a quick trip to Lowes and get a replacement.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 26, 2018, 09:36:56 AM
Belts still seem to have too much slack to me.  Usually there is a pivot on the motor to make the main drum belt tight, and then you adjust the water pump (you start with the water pump in the loose position).

Unless the motor is on a pivot with a spring, you shouldn't be able to get a belt on or off without loosening a bolt somewhere to move the pulley.
Yeah I agree. Not sure how to take out any more slack other than modifying the water pump mount..
I'll keep a tab on this and if I have to modify the water pump mount holes, I will.

I was really thinking of the belt for the drum, that looks way too loose on the motor side.

There is no bolt to pivot the motor?  That how it is on my Maytag, but it only has one belt, the pump has it's own motor.
There's no way to adjust that. The springs under the electric motor adjust the tension during cycles.
Here's a better video my model Maytag washer that I used to do my repair:
https://www.youtube.com/v/LBbxkdB0-Xo
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 26, 2018, 10:15:01 AM
OK, so they run the thing normally with the belts that loose, seems to me that would lead to extra slipping and faster wearing out.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 26, 2018, 11:23:10 AM
OK, so they run the thing normally with the belts that loose, seems to me that would lead to extra slipping and faster wearing out.
Yeah me too though it's run fine for the last 20 years like this.. Weird ???
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 02, 2018, 05:31:13 PM
Wax seal on my upstairs toilet was leaking a little, what a mess getting all that old wax cleaned out in order to put the new one in.  Must have gone through half a roll of paper towels.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 18, 2018, 07:31:30 AM
I've been wanting to do something about the big ugly horizontal blind that is on the big window above my staircase, don't need light blocking, just privacy, and there is such nice molding around it that the current blind is covering up.

Sooo, been looking at decorative film, HomeDepot seems to have better variety than Lowe's, so I'm going to go today and see what they look like.  It will mean using a ladder on the stairs to get the film on, and get the old blind off, that's going to be the scary part.   My telescoping ladder will do the job with one side retracted and one side extended, but any job on a ladder creates a fear of heights in me.  I don't have a fear of heights any other time, only when I'm on a ladder.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 18, 2018, 11:01:26 AM
And it's done:

Before:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/beforewindowfilm.jpg)
After:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/afterwindowfilm.jpg)

While I was at it I also replaced the horizontal blinds in 2 of my bedroom windows with cordless cellular shades:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/cellular%20shades.jpg)

Much better light blocking and much better looking when open.

Turned out to be a 3 project day:

The doors for the cabinet under my kitchen island are inset and would only open 90°, so I got some overlay hinges and installed them backwards, so the doors are still inset when closed but can open all the way out:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/islanddoorhinges.jpg)
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Post by: RVR II on November 18, 2018, 03:09:35 PM
Cool! :o
My 75" HDTV entertainment center mod is on hold due to my crazy work schedule..
We are down 2 people and the rest of us are having to cover the extra work load to the point that I am physically exhausted when I get home and just want to go straight to bed :-[
Maybe I'll get some time on Thanksgiving day which will be my only day off for the foreseeable future :'(
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Post by: RVR II on November 22, 2018, 03:43:50 AM
Finally got around to modifying my entertainment center and set up my new Vizio 75 inch HDTV
 :highfive: :cheers:
https://www.youtube.com/v/kC1Cn5TTXo4
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Post by: RVR II on November 22, 2018, 07:43:56 AM
And this HDTV includes Free Pluto TV with MST3k on channel 264 & RiffTrax on channel 265!!
 :highfive:
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 22, 2018, 10:17:05 AM
And this HDTV includes Free Pluto TV with MST3k on channel 264 & RiffTrax on channel 265!!
 :highfive:

You should also have that on the FireTV stick you got, Pluto is available for all the streaming devices and TVs.

Having that big TV on those little legs seems very scary to me, did you put a tip over strap on the back?  Not sure they include them any more, if not just use one of the wall mount screws near the top and put a rope connected from there down to the back of the entertainment unit, that way the TV can't tip forward.

Still can't decide what to do about getting a bigger 4K TV, I think I'm switching gears and will replace all the other components that need replacing first, like the receiver and blu-ray player, get everything up to HDMI 2.0 and wait until the spring to decide about the TV.  From what I've been reading the low end quantum dot TVs don't really do HDR very well, so the only advantage over a regular LED TV is more color range and a little more contrast.  I might as well wait and see what new stuff comes out in the spring, if nothing new then go with a mid range QLED model.
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Post by: RVR II on November 22, 2018, 10:26:08 AM
And this HDTV includes Free Pluto TV with MST3k on channel 264 & RiffTrax on channel 265!!
 :highfive:

You should also have that on the FireTV stick you got, Pluto is available for all the streaming devices and TVs.

Having that big TV on those little legs seems very scary to me, did you put a tip over strap on the back?  Not sure they include them any more, if not just use one of the wall mount screws near the top and put a rope connected from there down to the back of the entertainment unit, that way the TV can't tip forward.

Yeah I use the Firestick for NFL games mostly

The legs have holes in them just big enough to run screws through them so I just screwed it to the 2 x 8 boards. Even if somebody tried to steal it, it's not coming off that stand now without damaging the TV in the process.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 24, 2018, 07:39:28 AM
Started the long process of replacing all the hinges on my kitchen cabinet doors, all 42 of them, got 12 done last night.

The cup style pulls are a pain on your fingers with magnetic latches, when they release the door moves suddenly twisting your fingers in the cups, and half the doors would close on you while using the cabinet.  Self closing hinges are much better, no latches to deal with and the doors stay where you open them to.
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/cabinethinges.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 25, 2018, 07:25:48 AM
14 more hinges done last night, 14 more to go.

Of course the screw holes for the new hinges don't match at all with the new ones, so I have to offset the new ones to make new holes.  I've got to mark the edges of the doors, measure over and draw a line, mark the holes and drill, stick the old screws in the new holes and paint the black marks left by the old hinges (using the paint to fill the old holes), then mount the hinges to the frame, place the door where it needs to be and mark the top of one hinge, then open the hinges and place the door back to mark the holes and drill, then mount the door.  Since almost all the doors are different sizes and have different amounts of overlay I have to do them all like that, making a template wouldn't work.

One side of the kitchen is all done now, looks better and the doors are easier to open and they stay open:
(spoilered for size)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 25, 2018, 04:17:45 PM
And done...   Between the hinge project and moving leaves up to the street Friday and Saturday my arms are killing me.  And with all the work above my head and down near the floor I hope my back doesn't start acting up tomorrow, I'll have to remember not to sit at my computer too much at work.

In my quest to buy all the hinges I had to go to 2 different Lowe's, come to find out they are discontinuing the bulk packages (10 packs) for them, so once the current stock runs out all the hinges will have to be bought in 2 packs.  Looking at the price difference, my project would have cost $54 more.
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Post by: wihogfan on November 26, 2018, 03:31:40 PM
More of a task than a project, but I replaced all of our 5+ year old smoke detectors (3) and CO /Explosive Gas detectors (2) today.
We've had the house 16 years and I know I replaced them all once, but I'm not really sure how old they were. Added battery replacement reminders to my Google calendar and a reminder to replace all the detectors again in 5 years (it's recommended smoke detectors get replaced every 10 years and CO detectors every 5 to 7, but better safe than sorry).
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 26, 2018, 07:12:00 PM
I was just looking at the dates on my smoke/CO detectors last week, oldest one has a few more years on it.  And looking them up (I've only been in the house 2 years next month) I found they all have built in timers, and will start saying to replace them when they have been running for 7 years.  Well, 2 of them say words, one just chirps a different pattern when the detector is too old to detect CO.  Seems the CO detection gives out faster than the smoke detection.
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: wihogfan on November 26, 2018, 08:01:10 PM
Up coming Tech Project
I'm a tech geek and bought a Raspberry Pi  when I was looking for a tech project earlier this year but haven't done much with it other than setting it up with some old peripherals that I already had on hand and get it running as a pretty impressive $35 computer. Was fun for a few weeks, but has been sitting there ever since I got bored with testing what it could do.
After much reading about a bunch of different Pi projects and considering several options, I just ordered this to convert it into a handheld game emulator:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Raspberry-Pi-3B-Portable-3-5-LCD-Display-Handheld-Retro-Video-Game-Console/132745097058?hash=item1ee8396f62:rk:1:pf:0&var
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Post by: wihogfan on November 30, 2018, 09:51:53 PM
I was just looking at the dates on my smoke/CO detectors last week, oldest one has a few more years on it.  And looking them up (I've only been in the house 2 years next month) I found they all have built in timers, and will start saying to replace them when they have been running for 7 years.  Well, 2 of them say words, one just chirps a different pattern when the detector is too old to detect CO.  Seems the CO detection gives out faster than the smoke detection.
Yeah, looking at the documention that came with my new detectors, they're all claiming a 10 year life span (even the CO/explosive gas detectors) and a warning when they're at the end of life. So they've improved greatly since I got them last.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 02, 2018, 02:49:18 PM
Two more plastic venetian blinds replaced with cellular shades, so the bedroom is all cellular shades now.  Only 2 plastic blinds left in the house and those are in my media room and already covered with blackout curtains, so no need to change those.  Other venetian blinds in the house are quality 1 inch metal ones, so those I'm keeping.  The project with four cellular shades and the film sheets for the one big window ended up totaling about $200.  So, way more expensive that the plastic blinds but those 5 windows look much better now, and much better light blocking in the bedroom.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 08, 2018, 12:22:55 PM
My kitchen cabinet hardware project continues...

Now I'm trying to figure out what to do about the door pulls I don't like.

This is what is on there, that white paint is there on purpose, it's a type of fake antiquing:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/pulloriginal.jpg)

It's some kind of epoxy paint that won't come off with a stripper, heating with a propane torch and using a wire brush will get it off.  I like this better than with the paint but still not real fond of it.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/pullpaintremoved.jpg)

Figured I would try painting them, here is one painted white:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/pullpainted.jpg)

I sort of like this better than the ones with the fake antiquing removed.  Still kind of meh, so it is an improvement.

This has me thinking what I really don't like are the cup pulls, but changing to a different design will be a major job, it's bare wood under those cup pulls, and who ever installed them did a terrible job drilling the holes, so each door would have to be taken off and worked on, holes filled, sanded, and painted.

Think for now I'll paint them all white and see how it is for a while, work is closed between Christmas and new years so I'll have a lot of time then to do the work if I decide to go with different looking pulls.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 13, 2018, 06:57:25 AM
Looked through all the paints I have and may have found one that will save these cup pulls, pearlized white with a clear coat over it, did one side of the kitchen and will live with that for a while before deciding to do the other side this way or go with different hardware and all the work I'd have to do if I go to a different style of handle/pull.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/pearlizedandclearcoated.jpg)

Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2018, 03:16:11 PM
It has taken all afternoon but I finally got an Ethernet cable snaked up into the upstairs room where I have this computer, still have to putty the extra holes in the bathroom closet (took 3 tried to find a clear path into the attic), and cut notches in the shelves for the cable.

The cable is connecting at 1Gbps so guess I got all the colors in the proper places on both ends when crimping the connectors on, now I don't have to mess with getting the antennas just right to get full speed between the 2nd floor and the router in the basement anymore.
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Post by: Russoguru on December 16, 2018, 08:13:10 PM
I realized today I needed to get rid of a rather worthless piece of furniture that is doing little more than taking up space. All it has is two drawers, one small drawer and one deep drawer and I basically never use it for anything(and BTW... it's broken so one of the wheels kept falling off so it was always falling off to one side). Well I did have my biggest books on top of it but that was about all it was good for. I'm trying to find something that's only about 16 inches wide, is about 10 inches deep and has about 5-6 shelves. I'm not big on woodworking so I'm currently looking to find the right piece of furniture that can accommodate both big books and DVD's.

BTW when I say big books, I mean fairly big. I have this book I got last year called Close Encounters of the Third Kind the ultimate visual history and it's a great book but it's a monster, it's about one inch thick and is about ten inches wide and ten inches tall. If I can find something that can at least hold that I think I'm good.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2018, 08:48:32 PM
I'm trying to find something that's only about 16 inches wide, is about 10 inches deep and has about 5-6 shelves.

Look at cube storage units, they come in all kinds of geometries and are made to hold heavy stuff.

One of these gets you 4 shelves:

https://www.target.com/p/4-cube-vertical-organizer-shelf-13-threshold-153/-/A-50253265?preselect=17127298#lnk=sametab

Or stack 2 of these to get 6 shelves:

https://www.target.com/p/3-cube-organizer-shelf-11-room-essentials-153/-/A-50253252?preselect=16908245#lnk=sametab


Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Lesbunny on December 21, 2018, 01:10:56 AM
Currently am working on my Christmas presents, and I'm cutting it really close. If I complete one a day, I should be ok. Here are the two I've completed so far:

(https://i.imgur.com/1xhjDRV.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 21, 2018, 01:36:37 AM
I've got projects on hold right now due to my busy work schedule.
Bought a 5 in 1 surround sound system and digital antenna box for my 75 in. Vizio last month and they're still sitting in their boxes. Had a couple product review videos to do as well and just finished one that should have been done around Thanksgiving and still have another to do. I did disassemble my old surround sound system including pulling up the speaker wires from under the house and moved it all over to my Mega Shed to hook up over there to use with my old 55 inch Vizio.
I get done with work and I'm just too tired to do anything at all and just want to eat something and go to bed. Things should start to slow down after Christmas and drop off substantially after the new year then maybe I'll have time to get some things done..
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Darth Geek on December 21, 2018, 09:36:55 AM
I'm making a gingerbread house for the first time. I already mixed the gingerbread and it came out very well. We're about to roll it them bake it. Then in two day I'll put it together and decorate it.
I'm doing as typical of a gingerbread house as I can because it's my first. If it goes well, I'll do more elaborate ones later on. I'm sure I'll eventually do a Satellite of Love one.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Russoguru on December 23, 2018, 01:15:13 PM
Look at cube storage units, they come in all kinds of geometries and are made to hold heavy stuff.
One of these gets you 4 shelves:
https://www.target.com/p/4-cube-vertical-organizer-shelf-13-threshold-153/-/A-50253265?preselect=17127298#lnk=sametab
Or stack 2 of these to get 6 shelves:
https://www.target.com/p/3-cube-organizer-shelf-11-room-essentials-153/-/A-50253252?preselect=16908245#lnk=sametab
Thank you Marty. I'll definitely check that out.
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Post by: Imrahil on December 24, 2018, 06:28:24 AM
I'm making a gingerbread house for the first time. I already mixed the gingerbread and it came out very well. We're about to roll it them bake it. Then in two day I'll put it together and decorate it.
I'm doing as typical of a gingerbread house as I can because it's my first. If it goes well, I'll do more elaborate ones later on. I'm sure I'll eventually do a Satellite of Love one.

When I was in grad school my wife (then girlfriend) and I did a Roman Villa.  It was fun.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 24, 2018, 03:04:46 PM
Finally got my Vizio 5 in 1 surround system hooked up to my new 75" Vizio HDTV today and it sounds amazing! :o
Followed the step-by-step instructions and all 5 speakers including the subwoofer sound great!
Bought it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CDG12DL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
First thing I tested the new sound system on was MST3K's 'Puma Man' on Pluto TV :D :D
I'll watch Die Hard this evening, being this year is the 30th anniversary while eating crab legs & lobster tails :P
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 24, 2018, 03:27:16 PM
Finally got my Vizio 5 in 1 surround system hooked up to my new 75" Vizio HDTV today and it sounds amazing! :o
Followed the step-by-step instructions and all 5 speakers including the subwoofer sound great!
Bought it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CDG12DL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
First thing I tested the new sound system on was MST3K's 'Puma Man' on Pluto TV :D :D
I'll watch Die Hard this evening, being this year is the 30th anniversary while eating crab legs & lobster tails :P

A good surround system will ruin you for listening to built in speakers, I've been using a 7.1 system on my main TV for 20 years.  I had to install a sound bar and sub woofer in my kitchen because I couldn't stand the sound of the TV speakers any more.  Might seem crazy but of course not many people put wall mounted 32 inch TVs in their kitchens, so yeah, I guess a little crazy.

Pluto-TV will not be a good test of the surround, but Die Hard will put it through it's paces.  For a movie that has lots of sounds in the corners of the room Terminator II is a good one.

Tomorrow is my day for crab cakes and lobster tail, got them defrosting in the fridge now, bought almost $200 worth from The Crab Place, will eat half tomorrow and half new years eve.

Been thinking of replacing the vent fan in the bathroom, so wanted to check if the one in there would come out, managed to take it out and clean it up, then reinstalled it.  Good thing it came out through the hole in the ceiling, I can't really reach the area above it in the attic since they installed A/C duct work that makes it really hard to get back there.  Now I know what size to look for as a replacement.
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Post by: wihogfan on December 24, 2018, 03:46:19 PM
LOL...Terminator 2 has always been the movie I've used to test a new sound system/TV/media player/etc. Don't know why exactly, it just always is (started with a widescreen VHS on a new 200 lb 36" tube TV on Xmas 25 years ago).
Cooking a prime rib roast- wife gets home from work in an hour- not quite going to be done by then.

And only a 24" TV in the kitchen-not wall mounted (no wall space to do that) and biggest one that would fit in the space-didn't go crazy with surround sound for the kitchen, but did add a kitchen Roku.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 24, 2018, 06:29:06 PM
Yeah T2 is a good test for the new surround sound system, but back in 1996 when I had my then state of the art Cerwin Vega surround system ID4 was the movie to test it with and man did that ever sound impressive :o
I think I'll watch both those movies next 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2018, 08:27:45 PM

First thing I tested the new sound system on was MST3K's 'Puma Man' on Pluto TV :D :D

You should have tested it with MST3K's The Creeping Terror.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 25, 2018, 01:33:04 AM

First thing I tested the new sound system on was MST3K's 'Puma Man' on Pluto TV :D :D

You should have tested it with MST3K's The Creeping Terror.
:o I'll add that one to the list as well!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 25, 2018, 06:53:55 AM
Keeping with the Christmas movie theme..
Watched Die Hard 2 and that sounded really good too :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Darth Geek on December 25, 2018, 08:46:42 AM

First thing I tested the new sound system on was MST3K's 'Puma Man' on Pluto TV :D :D

You should have tested it with MST3K's The Creeping Terror.
:o I'll add that one to the list as well!
That's the one with this host segment:
https://www.youtube.com/v/THbKEXBk8X0
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 25, 2018, 01:07:23 PM
Just finished ID4 and man was that impressive!!
Christmas decorations and stuff shaking in the living room.. NICE!! ;D
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on December 27, 2018, 09:07:10 AM
Work has finally slowed down enough that I finally raked my leaves.. Well most of them..
OK the ones on my decks/porches, brick patios and concrete driveway, so I'd say 2/3rds of them have been raked up :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on January 06, 2019, 12:19:39 PM
Work has finally slowed down enough that I finally raked my leaves.. Well most of them..
OK the ones on my decks/porches, brick patios and concrete driveway, so I'd say 2/3rds of them have been raked up :-\
So I get a letter from the city that my 'yard debris' should be put in a yard cart.. They even had the nerve to send me a picture of said debris pile! They want me to purchase a yard cart for $65 dollars and for years I have refused to pay for that, so I just gathered up a bunch of downed branches in my lot next door and added to the pile making it 5 times bigger than it was so the city will have to bring a boom-truck to scoop it up and haul it away..
There's also a leaf pile I've had by my driveway and a leaf truck is supposed to come by but  hasn't come around in weeks so I emailed the city with pics of both the debris pile and leaf piles saying that they need to send the leaf truck and vacuum up the pile at their earliest convenience..
As much as I pay in monthly utility fees and annual property taxes, they can provide that for free or I will never get it (not that I'd ever use it anyway) >:(
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on January 06, 2019, 12:20:45 PM
Finally installed my Digital TV Converter Box..
https://www.youtube.com/v/Lkrvi7x1RGI
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Post by: wihogfan on January 06, 2019, 01:56:51 PM
Your city sounds like mine used to be only with recycling.
Last year they finally provided recycling containers and now we use them, but before that you had to purchase a special sticker to put on the trashcan you put your recyclables in or else they'd just dump them with regular trash. Stickers were $25 and were only sold at city hall from 2 to 4 PM every 3rd Tuesday. Tried to buy one a couple of times when we first moved but never went on the right day or times and after a couple attempts gave up despite being warned we would be fined if we didn't sort out recyclables (was never fined).
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on January 06, 2019, 03:06:46 PM
Your city sounds like mine used to be only with recycling.
Last year they finally provided recycling containers and now we use them, but before that you had to purchase a special sticker to put on the trashcan you put your recyclables in or else they'd just dump them with regular trash. Stickers were $25 and were only sold at city hall from 2 to 4 PM every 3rd Tuesday. Tried to buy one a couple of times when we first moved but never went on the right day or times and after a couple attempts gave up despite being warned we would be fined if we didn't sort out recyclables (was never fined).
Our city will just tack their fee/fine onto the next months utility bill.
They did this once before a few years ago so now every time I get one of these stupid letters, I'll just add to the pile like I did today or put the 'small yard debris' into the curb for the next rainstorm to just wash it away 8) 
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Post by: wihogfan on January 08, 2019, 05:45:53 PM
Thought I was going to have to replace my garbage disposal next weekend and I was dreading it. Kind of simple to do as far as plumbing goes (and I replaced it last 10 years or so ago when the last one went out), but my plumbing projects always end up being a bigger pain in the ass than they should be. But I was able to fix it fairly simply and put off the need to replace it for at least awhile longer.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Russoguru on January 09, 2019, 10:04:33 PM
I constructed a new book case today to hold more... books... and DVD's. That being done I started switching around my DVD's. I usually keep the mainstream movies in alphabetical order in a book case on the left side of my TV. I started re-arranging like mad and now I'm finding that I am rapidly running out of room again. You know what? I found myself thinking something else... that maybe I have more than enough damn movies, TV shows and maybe at some point enough is enough? I see myself as something of a collector but even I have to admit that one of these days very soon I'm going to have to confine what I buy to be new releases only. I have four book cases full of DVD's/Blu-rays that I've amassed over the past 10-15 years. Maybe I should donate some of my stuff to the library.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on February 16, 2019, 05:43:25 AM
Bought these Mr Beams lights from Amazon and they arrived in 2 days :o
Got them installed before the rains arrived..
https://www.youtube.com/v/6XiGSjpprc8
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Post by: wihogfan on February 21, 2019, 08:26:10 PM
Calling it a project is a bit much, but...just bought a front loading washing machine and matching dryer. Dryer was fine, but washer shook so much in the final spin cycle that it felt like an earthquake and I feared that it might damage my floor. Considered buying a big anti-vibration pad to put underneath it, but those big rubber pads are damned expensive.
Bought these off Amazon instead:
https://www.amazon.com/Diversitech-MP4-V-Anti-Vibration-Pack/dp/B00BVEMLR4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1550809233&sr=8-3&keywords=anti+vibration+pad
Took just a bit of trial and error to get them situated just right, but made a huge difference. Washer is now much quieter and the floor doesn't shake. Bought 2 sets and put one set under the dryer. Despite dryer not having the same vibration/shake, I wanted them to remain at the same height.   
Title: Re: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 21, 2019, 10:27:21 PM
Calling it a project is a bit much, but...just bought a front loading washing machine and matching dryer. Dryer was fine, but washer shook so much in the final spin cycle that it felt like an earthquake and I feared that it might damage my floor. Considered buying a big anti-vibration pad to put underneath it, but those big rubber pads are damned expensive.
Bought these off Amazon instead:
https://www.amazon.com/Diversitech-MP4-V-Anti-Vibration-Pack/dp/B00BVEMLR4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1550809233&sr=8-3&keywords=anti+vibration+pad
Took just a bit of trial and error to get them situated just right, but made a huge difference. Washer is now much quieter and the floor doesn't shake. Bought 2 sets and put one set under the dryer. Despite dryer not having the same vibration/shake, I wanted them to remain at the same height.

Sounds like there might be something wrong with the washer.  Front loaders are supposed to have a few ways of reducing vibration, there is usually a ring filled with liquid that helps balance the tub, also there is usually a big cement block attached somewhere to dampen vibration. 

Did you do the install yourself?  There may be shipping restraints that have to be removed, does the tub bounce around if you push it by hand?  It should be on springs and have a half inch or so of movement.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 24, 2019, 06:08:08 PM
Ceiling fan in my kitchen was getting loud, and I never liked the look of it, so replaced it with this one from Lowes:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/house/newfankitchen.jpg)

Matches the decor of the house better than the old one.
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Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2019, 02:22:26 PM
Finally getting the suspension fixed Monday morning on my 99 Dodge Ram truck. The upper and lower ball joints have been bad for years and never had the money to get them fixed until now .
Got brand new upper and lower control arms, idler arn, and Pittman arm from Moog parts on Amazon for over $600 dollars and the labor will be over $700 but they will finally be fixed once and for all 8)
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Post by: Russoguru on March 16, 2019, 02:47:59 PM
I've had this office chair for many, many years now. Finally it's starting to fall apart. I got some duct tape today to try and put the armrest back together and it seems to be working... for now.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on March 21, 2019, 06:46:17 AM
Finally getting the suspension fixed Monday morning on my 99 Dodge Ram truck. The upper and lower ball joints have been bad for years and never had the money to get them fixed until now .
Got brand new upper and lower control arms, idler arn, and Pittman arm from Moog parts on Amazon for over $600 dollars and the labor will be over $700 but they will finally be fixed once and for all 8)
Got all that done and it drives like a new truck again! Got the coolant and brake fluids flushed along with the AC system checked yesterday and confirmed that my evaporator has a small leak so it will need to be replaced which will require pulling the dash. My dashboard is already cracked and removing it will cause it to break apart more so I ordered a replacement dash board from LMC Truck parts so that will be here in a few days. While the dash is out I'll probably replace the heater core as well to eliminate any future problems with it.
Work schedule permitting I'll get that done next week and that should be it for truck repairs  8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 13, 2019, 02:14:24 PM
 Just put down 6 bags of mulch around the house and I probably need to get 2 more...  Where does that stuff disappear to?

 Did some weeding of the beds around the house.

 Also cleaned the coils on the outside A/C unit.  Checked the relay and the amount of current the compressor and fan are drawing, everything looks fine.

 And got the mound of pine needles out of the front gutter.

 I think that's enough exorcise for today...

 
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2019, 03:16:59 PM
I don't use mulch as it attracts termites here in the south.

My frequently changing work schedule has changed yet again to where I will now have Monday off so I can get the last major work done on my truck; AC evaporator and heater core replaced. I will replace the dash as well while those parts are getting replaced.
And ordered a set of tires off Amazon for just over $100 per tire :o
That's $40-$50 cheaper per tire than anybody else here in town!
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on April 27, 2019, 01:53:30 AM
Next big project coming up will be installing windows in my house. I have 6 old windows that have needed to be replaced since I bought this house 22 years ago and it never got done. Bought 5 windows last year and waited till Spring to get them installed but the guy I wanted to do the work is either too busy or doesn't want to do the job as he won't return my calls so I contacted another handyman that came by yesterday and is working on an estimate. It will probably be a 2 part project as I really need the living room and dining room windows done first then the front room windows done later. The front porch window will be walled up and I also need the walls insulated as there is none in them now so I'll get that done as well.
If we agree on a price he could get started later next week.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 02, 2019, 02:09:37 AM
We agreed on terms and they started yesterday afternoon. After removing the vinyl siding then tore into the lower part of the existing windows and sure enough I've got some serious rot under the windows right down to the wooden sill :-[
(https://i.imgur.com/TFm0uq4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VNOHFoZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cL8iM0m.jpg)
That must be replaced before any framing for the new windows can be done.
Removed some of the original lap siding from 1938 that has lead paint and have the square nails and sure enough there's no insulation in the walls.
(https://i.imgur.com/BsePbx3.jpg)
Picked up a bundle of R13 insulation that's 23 inches wide because my studs are spaced more than 16 inches apart.. 
(https://i.imgur.com/CLXHc7y.jpg)
Work will continue today and they will stop till next week as the contractor will be going out of town.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 03, 2019, 12:44:57 AM
Got a lot accomplished Thursday..
Worst window was the living room as moisture got all the way down to the sill. Glad we didn't blow insulation as the corner stud was on an angle and there would have been no way to get insulation into that corner without removing the slat boards anyway.
(https://i.imgur.com/oNwmdQ2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/c3OQ7B8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/o9l88tY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Mis1m15.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ytdLJQl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fvono32.jpg)
Still have to jack up the braces under the living room and put a couple cinder blocks under there for support where the rotten portion of the sill was cut out. The main contractor is out of town till Monday but his helpers should be here today and possibly Saturday to continue the work.
Windows won't start getting installed until next week.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 03, 2019, 09:24:14 AM
And so far the guys are no-shows.. Which tells me no work will get done till Monday >:(
I guess when the boss is away the workers will play..
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Imrahil on May 04, 2019, 07:44:58 PM
Why are you walling up the windows on the porch?
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2019, 10:46:14 PM
Why are you walling up the windows on the porch?
It's just 1 window. To mount my 75" Vizio which completely blocks it already
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2019, 11:32:53 PM
And then the rains came..
Had to use a couple plastic tables to cover over the exposed sill under the dining room windows cause they didn't get enough sheets of plywood..
That's ok so long as they get the job done this week.
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Post by: RVR II on May 07, 2019, 05:21:14 AM
And the work continues.. Only 5 days later :-X
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 07, 2019, 04:36:52 PM
3 windows are installed! :highfive:
(https://i.imgur.com/R8wZ09T.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WQHPlFt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OWAHgQO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NXzV9Lc.jpg)
The living room support beams have been braced and rotted sil replaced.
Only the front porch window needs to be removed and braced for mounting the 75 inch Vizio along with wall insulation installed..
(https://i.imgur.com/NJDHJvg.jpg)
then for the cosmetic trim work along with the vinyl siding reinstalled and part 1 of this project is done.
They could be finished as early as Thursday :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 08, 2019, 01:41:11 PM
It's really amazing how much work gets done when the main contractor is around but when he's gone, the 2 workers seem to do more fiddle-farting around than doing actual work... They were supposed to have the vinyl siding back on today but they've only got about 5 or 6 strips reattached with much more to go and it's going on 5pm!
Thursday is no longer a predicted finishing day :grr:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 09, 2019, 05:18:59 AM
Yesterday was a wasted day. Other than the sheeting insulation board being put on for the moisture barrier under the vinyl siding and a few pieces of vinyl siding installed, nothing more was done other than hours wasting flashing material that was installed incorrectly around the new windows and had to be ripped out..
The main contractor has to take his dad to the doctor and will have to leave his 2 workers here again till he gets back and I'm not holding out much hope that they'll make much progress without his supervision  :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 09, 2019, 05:57:25 PM
Finally the vinyl siding is completed around the new windows side of the house :highfive:
(https://i.imgur.com/nrRDl55.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Sj9eN1A.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FgCJtYF.jpg)
and only the front porch window needs to be removed and walled up. They removed the vinyl siding in preparation for for removing, insulating, and walling it up.
(https://i.imgur.com/HhsDJCU.jpg)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 11, 2019, 02:58:16 PM
I finally got around to getting touch up paint that matches the pale yellow in my office, the stairwell, and the 2nd floor hallway.  Since they are plaster walls couldn't do the trick where you cut a bit of the drywall off to make a chip for color matching.  So, I got some hobby paints and mixed up little batches of color until I made one that matched, then painted an old gift card to make a chip that could be scanned.  There are some old paint cans from home depot in the basement so I figured the paint might have come from there, so got a quart made using my chip and it does match perfectly. 

I think my office/computer room was the little kids room before I bought the place, there were faint remnants of probably drawings on the walls that I could could never quite get rid of all the color, now those areas match the rest of the room.  And some chips and marks on the hallway and stairwell are now gone as well.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 21, 2019, 05:37:14 AM
So yesterday I had a swarm of honey bees passing through and discovered my scrap wood pile from my windows project..
https://www.youtube.com/v/FAx5gJ3NvHA
The bees are still there where I relocated them in the corner of my yard and I'm hoping they'll move on or I'll need to get a bee-keeper to come remove them.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on May 22, 2019, 07:21:37 AM
So I never got to finish posting the window project that is now complete..
(https://i.imgur.com/XMUggi5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fVXjtAB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sEp0nZz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uaeYouV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iXz8vzZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ySaj051.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZE4pZka.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/C0FenDU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hoNULaB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/znHVkn9.jpg)
Took nearly 3 weeks to complete but I'm very satisfied with how it all turned out 8)
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 02, 2019, 01:32:56 PM
Just power washed my front porch, the cement was getting a bit green over the blue paint, and the vinyl siding on the house was getting very dirty since it never gets rained on.

They really get you when you buy a power washer, the cheaper ones don't have all the nozzles so by the time you add up the cost of getting them you might as well pay $20 more and get a better machine that has all the nozzles...

Also did some of the north side of the house, siding there was just starting to get green stuff growing on it.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on June 02, 2019, 02:32:02 PM
Just power washed my front porch, the cement was getting a bit green over the blue paint, and the vinyl siding on the house was getting very dirty since it never gets rained on.

They really get you when you buy a power washer, the cheaper ones don't have all the nozzles so by the time you add up the cost of getting them you might as well pay $20 more and get a better machine that has all the nozzles...

Also did some of the north side of the house, siding there was just starting to get green stuff growing on it.
Yeah when I bought mine on sale for $250 it came with a set of tips except the oscillating tip which ran an extra  $30 but worth it for doing concrete :o
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 02, 2019, 05:06:58 PM
Just power washed my front porch, the cement was getting a bit green over the blue paint, and the vinyl siding on the house was getting very dirty since it never gets rained on.

They really get you when you buy a power washer, the cheaper ones don't have all the nozzles so by the time you add up the cost of getting them you might as well pay $20 more and get a better machine that has all the nozzles...

Also did some of the north side of the house, siding there was just starting to get green stuff growing on it.
Yeah when I bought mine on sale for $250 it came with a set of tips except the oscillating tip which ran an extra  $30 but worth it for doing concrete :o

I got this one, has 4 nozzles and enough power to do the minor jobs I will have to do around the house, seemed like the best compromise between the higher and lower priced ones:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Greenworks-1800-PSI-1-1-GPM-Cold-Water-Electric-Pressure-Washer/1000604813

I just ordered from amazon an extension and a curved part for getting into the gutters, hopefully I can now just wash out the pine needles instead of having to get the ladder out and go climbing every few months.

Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2019, 02:09:13 AM
That's not too bad. I don't know much about their brand but sounds like it'll do the jobs you need it for.
My parents have gutter - guards on top of theirs and they seem to work well keeping debris out of theirs.

The threshold under my side door is rotten down to the sill and the crew I used for my window project could come by today to fix it. Won't be able to get any video of it as I have training all this week at a post office in Indian Trail NC. Not looking forward to fighting Charlotte traffic to and from >:(
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2019, 04:27:53 PM
The threshold under my side door is rotten down to the sill and the crew I used for my window project could come by today to fix it.
TERMITES!!! I'VE GOT FUCKING TERMITES!! :angry: :angry:
They were discovered during the repair under my side door and they've spread along the sill on both sides of the door! The contractor might be able to get some chemicals to kill off the termites till I can get the money saved up to cut out and replace the rest of the termite damaged sill :-[
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 04, 2019, 08:50:10 PM
Gutting my entire apartment. Taking everything out of my closets. Throwing away / recycling / donating everything I don’t use. Tally so far: 7 bags of trash, 3 bags of cardboard recycling, and 2 bags of clothing and shoes. That’s not including the things that don’t fit in bags: more cardboard, a TV cabinet, bicycle trainer, dry erase board, an arrow bed, and some other odds and ends. Still have the kitchen left to do, which will produce at least one bag of trash I’m sure.

In the past it was so much easier to shove things in closets since my ex wife wasn’t a very organized person, and any attempt at designating a closet for a specific purpose would ultimately be thwarted by a general indifference on her part. But now I can put things how I feel they should be, and throw out so much stuff I was keeping around for basically no reason. I now have so much closet space, it’s crazy.

Oh, and I’m only able to do this cause I have like a month off work. I’ve spent 3 days just cleaning and sorting and organizing. Tomorrow I’m doing something else, but I’m hoping I can finish it off Thursday.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 07, 2019, 03:10:51 PM
Finally took down the beat up terrible looking basketball hoop in my back yard.  Getting the backboard and hoop off the poll was not too hard, but the pole was filled with tar and cement, so it took 5 bi-metal blades to cut it off at the ground.  And it was heavy as hell moving it to the back of my storage shed where it will stay until the next owners of this house decide what to do with it.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on July 08, 2019, 04:54:21 AM
Built some shelves in my Mega Shed utility room for more storage there and built a make-shift shelf in my front office closet to store computer clutter like an overflowing box of misc cables, monitors, printers, etc. and moved a desk over to clear out the window it was blocking in preparation for Phase 2 of my window replacement project that could begin as early as August. There's 2 remaining windows to replace; both in my front office so getting things out of the way will save me time and hassle when it's time to get started on the project.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 20, 2019, 03:57:55 AM
Been in touch with the contractor about Phase 2 of my window project which will include termite damage removal and repair along with 2 remaining windows removed and new windows as well as insulation in the walls installed. He looks to start on it later this week. I am taking vacation time to oversee this project and hope it's near completion before I return to work. Phase 1 took almost 3 weeks so I'm really hoping this doesn't get delayed  :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 24, 2019, 09:24:32 AM
Well progress was being made yesterday and this morning on phase 2 of my window project till it started to rain so that brought things to a screeching halt.. Went to bank of America to withdraw  $1500 for the deposit on the work from my USAA account and it was blocked because of some security guard limiting the amount you can withdraw in a day so I have to wait till Monday to pay the guy.
So now nothing will happen until Monday afternoon at the earliest as they don't work on Sunday. ..
 Just awesome  :grr:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 25, 2019, 05:53:38 AM
In the meantime, I cut up and burned the scrap lumber pulled off the side of the house for the rest of the day.
Temperatures were in the low to mid 70s all day with a nice cool easterly breeze so it was a comfortable day to have a fire which lasted until 10pm last night.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 27, 2019, 03:03:18 PM
Got a couple of hours of work out of the contractor yesterday from 5pm till 7:30pm. They installed insulation in the front wall of the house and walled it up with plywood. He's working on a couple other jobs that I'm aware of so he works me in in the evenings..
Today they were supposed to show up around 3:30pm to 4:30pm.. They never showed up.  By 5pm I call to get an ETA and he said it looked it was gonna rain and he told his workers not to bother coming over. It was raining in the town where he was working which isn't even close to me but not a drop fell here where I live! Never communicated with me at all to tell me he wasn't coming by! He could tell I wasn't happy and assured me he would give me a full days work tomorrow starting around 10am..
We'll see...
I had a vinyl siding job for him to put on my Mega Shed next door after this was done but that is now in serious jeopardy because of his lack of communication and progress :grr:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 28, 2019, 07:01:09 PM
Made some good progress today by getting the termite damaged wood removed and replaced with treated lumber, got both remaining windows installed in my front office, got the insulation installed in the wall and plywood covering it.
It's down hill from here with trim and sheetrock work, and the vinyl siding put back on.. How much longer this will take is anybody's guess but I would really like to get the vinyl siding reinstalled in the event that hurricane Dorian affects our weather around Labor Day :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on August 30, 2019, 03:38:22 PM
It's been 1 week now and this project is still not done... :grr:
He sent 2 old guys over to put my vinyl siding back on while I was back at work and it's all fucked up! It will have to be redone because they half-assed put it up and they framed around the old window frame (which was supposed to be covered up with the vinyl siding) instead of bringing it up to the new window that's installed! No idea when he will come back out here because he's still got other projects going on but there's no way I'm paying him anymore money till this shit's fixed!
Title: Wright flyer model
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 02, 2019, 03:55:45 PM
I'm about a month in and about half way done with a 1:16 scale model of the Wright Flyer, made from basswood and metal (britannia metal that is mostly tin), hundreds of tiny laser cut wood parts mixed with parts I have to make from wood stock.

Haven't made a wood model since I made a few balsa wood airplanes in the 70s.  Basswood is more robust than balsa so a bit easier to cut and shape, doesn't crush like balsa does.

This thing has been somewhat of a nightmare to build, smashing the record of all my previous model builds in the expletives uttered category.  The tin metal parts are so much harder to work with than plastic, even though the metal is somewhat soft and can be sanded it's much more of a pain to glue the parts together since you've got to use epoxy.

And the rigging, I thought it would be hard but wow, tying tiny knots on tiny hooks using tweezers is not fun.

This morning I finished the wings:
(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/wingsdonefront.jpg)

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/wingsdoneback.jpg)

At least I thought they were done, then saw that I hadn't installed the instrument cluster, now they are done hopefully:

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/Instrumentclusterinstalled.jpg)
The detail is pretty amazing, it's starting to look pretty close to the one on display at the Smithsonian.

Here's a picture of the bottom of the engine just to get a sense of scale and level of detail:

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/flyerengine3.jpg)





Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 03, 2019, 03:27:59 PM
After 4 days of nothing (really 5 if I count Friday which was a wasted day due to the incompetent workers screwing up the vinyl siding they installed), they finally show up and the vinyl siding is finally getting installed (properly) but not finished yet..
This project should be wrapped up tomorrow before the effects of Hurricane Dorian arrive ...
HOPEFULLY!! Maybe ???
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 05, 2019, 02:02:24 AM
Still pain-painstakingly slow but Phase 2 of my window project is so close to being done.. :-[
Still not sure what the contractor is trying to do with the bottom part of the 2 windows (the lower part of the original window frame is still showing and I think should have been trimmed back and covered with vinyl siding) but hopefully that will get worked out :-\
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 05, 2019, 11:41:11 PM
Incredibly, he showed up yesterday morning around 8am and finished the job just 1 day shy of 2 weeks exactly! This job should have only taken 3-4 days max!
He fixed the remaining issues with the vinyl siding and was gonna have him work on the sheetrock in the front office ceiling that the paint is pealing off of but told him not to worry about that now just to get this project completed once and for all. I'll find someone else to do this or I may try to tackle it myself one day.
Just so glad this window/insulation project is finally done! :highfive:
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 12, 2019, 08:49:10 AM
Almost done with my Wright Flyer model, probably have been averaging 4 hours a day on it over the last month.

I was dreading the final part, making the propellers, but it went better than I thought it would.

Basically it was turning these glued together sticks of wood:
(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/propblanks.jpg)

Into these:

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/propsshaped.jpg)

And then paint them grey:

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/models/wrightflyer/propspainted.jpg)

Need to add a few metal bits in the center of each prop, add a few more pieces of string to complete the rigging, mount the propellers, and then this thing will be done.
Title: Re: What Projects / Tasks do you have going on / to do??
Post by: RVR II on September 12, 2019, 09:43:15 AM
Cool! :o
I don't think I'd have the patience for a model this detailed :-\ But it looks amazing!